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Up-and-Comers: Owl Eyes

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!


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About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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