Newcomer Odette impresses with her debut video, 'Watch Me Read You'

We're very impressed with Odette's debut - 'Watch Me Read You' - her wordplay and delivery are hypnotic making the track an essential listen...

Odette is a 19-year-old singer songwriter hailing from Sydney’s inner west. She signed to EMI Music Australia at just 17, and has spent the last two years crafting her debut album. The first taste drops this week in the form of incredible lead single, ‘Watch Me Read You’, complete with a Josh Harris (Middle Kids, Gang Of Youths) directed video.

‘Watch Me Read You’ consists of pared-back arrangements, compelling and assertive vocals, and a passionate lyric. Completely in love with story-telling, Odette’s objective is very simple - “I just want to communicate how intensely I see things, I suppose.”

“Processing emotion is a common theme throughout a lot of my songs,” explains Odette, “Music has been a way for me to discuss and kind of analyse emotions and things from a different perspective, rather than just feeling it.”

The syncopated, spoken-word verses in ‘Watch Me Read You’ serve to emphasise this. “The turning pages of an epic, dissected hallucinogenic. Black coffee addict life ended, lies cold, on that metal tray,” she spits out delicately and confidently; her astute and worldly-wise songwriting belying her youth.

Her South African mother introduced her to African music, soul, funk and rhythm; while her English father, hailing from a long line of jazz pianists, introduced her to new wave and jazz and passed on his musical talents.

Odette’s songs are deeply personal and see her move from spoken word into warm, soulful vocals, with arrangements circling soul, jazz and pop. It’s no wonder she’s caught the eye of producers and songwriters including Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kaiser Chiefs), Jason Cox (Blur, Gorilliaz, Jamie T), Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Broods) and Paul Mac (The Dissociatives, Silverchair), all of whom clamoured to work with her over the past year and a half, alongside LA-based, Grammy nominated Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy, The Killers, UNKLE), who produced her forthcoming album.

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