Sold out, unsurprisingly, Glasgow’s Stereo was the venue of choice on Tuesday night, as two Australian lasses with very different styles, but with the same feminist advocacy, took to the stage. First up was hellraiser in a pink velour jumpsuit, Olympia, promoting her new track, Shoot to Forget, which was stunningly followed by Julia Jacklin, who was mostly playing tracks from 2018’s Crushing, including a wonderful performance of Head Alone.
Olympia or Olivia Jayne Bartley as otherwise known clearly left an impression with her 2016 accomplished debut, Self Talk, an album which was nominated for an ARIA award, shortlisted in the Australian Music Prize and selected as Triple J feature album. Shoot To Forget is a compelling new track, and has set the bar for what we can look forward to from this acclaimed artist in 2019. Debuting new tracks off the upcoming record, which we will hopefully hear more about soon, as well as performing the staples from the old record, Biscuits and Somewhere to Disappear went down beautifully, Olympia stunned the crowd with her beguiling performance. She certainly warmed the audience for an intimate evening with Julia.
As for the headliner, she was unassuming and more delicate in style but revved the fans up further with tracks from her 2018 acclaimed album Crushing. Julia Jacklin grew up in the Blue Mountains, NSW. She has been singing since her childhood days, firstly classical and then as she hit high-school she found herself in a high-school covers band performing pop-punk tracks. She moved to Sydney in her early twenties, already with sketches of her own tracks, which were astute observations underscored with a hint of pathos and her vocals, which at moments threw me back to Stevie Nicks and the music of Fleetwood Mac.
Performing tracks such as Leadlight, Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You and Comfort, this set was for both the long-term and new fans, who clearly appreciate the things that are not often sung about, in this case, being the person that breaks up with someone. Poignant, and exquisite, Jacklin’s performances are lapped up by the crowd, aware that it might be a while before this songwriter is back, and certainly playing in such an intimate venue such as stereo.
Should they both happen to be back in Scotland, after this performance, I will certainly be there.
Photo courtesy of Shervin Lainez