While her music is just starting to get on the radar of indie-pop fans here in the U.S., Melbourne-based Owl Eyes (a.k.a. Brooke Addamo) has been building a solid following in her home country of Australia for the past couple of years. While her earlier tunes have a sparse, alt-pop feel to them, this year her music seems to be taking a turn toward electro-pop, and it’s a shift that is suiting her well.
The interesting thing about Owl Eyes is that with her growing popularity, she has yet to release a full-length album. Her following has been built on a series of EPs and singles released over the past two years. This is an indie artist who has really been relying on the power of singles to spread her notoriety. So far, it’s paying off.
Owl Eyes has a smooth vocal sound and a sultry look that subtly exudes star quality, so I think her appeal is only going to grow from here. As to the music itself, I like all of it, but perhaps her later stuff more, since as a songwriter I think Addamo is continuing to grow. Her latest single “Love Run Dry” (which you can stream below) is to me her most advanced work so far, and I’m excited to see what comes next.
To introduce you to her work (if you hadn’t heard of her yet), I’ve embedded three examples below. The first is a SoundCloud stream of her new single “Love Run Dry.” The video for “Faces” is a great example of how Owl City sounded a couple of years ago, while “Crystallized” (released earlier this year) really shows the change in direction toward electronic music. See what you think!