Odette has released a stripped-back piano and microphone EP titled Offcuts of tracks from her forthcoming - rave reviewed - album, Herald.
‘Offcuts’ will feature alternative piano and voice versions of Odette’s tracks ‘Amends’, ‘Herald’, ‘Wait For You’, ‘Why Can’t I Let The Sun Set?’ and the aforementioned cover of ‘Thunderstruck’.
The EP will also feature Odette’s cover of ACDC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ which she performed in November 2020 for Triple J’s Like A Version.
What you need to know
- Odette has released her new EP ‘Offcuts’ of stripped-back tracks from her upcoming album
- Herald, due for release September 13, has been widely acclaimed by critics nationwide
- She says the EP is so dramatic it’s almost satirical, as she looks back in hindsight
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“Whilst added production is festive, I think it’s important for me to release the songs stripped back so people can hear the core without the added textures,” Odette says.
“I’m really happy the piano and vocal tracks have been released. This is how I play and write when I’m not in the studio. Feels like I’m including others in my isolated living room nonsense.
“This album is sort of a nuanced discussion of the positives and the negatives of mental illness and also just being a human being. It talks about the realities of hurting others, the consequences of that, and even more so, it holds me accountable—it holds me to my word.
“I used to view this record as quite a dramatic statement and now I listen back and it’s almost satirical how dramatic some of these songs are because I don’t view life at all like I used to.”
Odette burst on to the scene in 2017 with ‘Watch Me Read You’, an epic ballad about the complexities of processing trauma, the single landing at No. 56 on triple J’s Hottest 100 and achieving Gold ARIA accreditation.
Follow up singles ‘Collide’, ‘Take It To The Heart’ and ‘Lights Out’ all reached Gold status whilst debut album ‘To A Stranger’ debuted at No. 13 on the ARIA Album Chart and earned Odette two ARIA Awards nominations in 2018 including Breakthrough Artist. With over 55 million streams, two sold out national headline tours, Falls Festival, SXSW, and headline Europe & UK tour under her belt.
‘Herald’ is already being hailed by some reviewers as one of the albums of the year, and it once again tracks personal territory for the 23-year-old, whose debut album achieved two ARIA award nominations.
“I wrote this album because I wanted to document my experience” she continues.
“I originally called it ‘Dwell’ because it was all about ruminating, which is a big thing for me. But I didn’t want Dwell to be the main take-away. I wanted it to very much be about reflecting, self-analysis and then growth. The most important part, for me, is the growth.”
Working once again with famed producer Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire, The Killers), Odette says Taylor gave her the confidence to experiment further with her sound this time around.
“He was like, Georgia, I just want you to let go and deep dive into your world and make something from it”, she says. “So I feel like I was a lot bolder with instrumentation and with experimental sounds.”
Find out more about Odette’s new EP right here.