Flamingo is a glorious collection of 11 tracks, resonating with complex pop unspooling, vast lyrical scope and the confident animation of a world lit with familiar dreams and desires.
A striking follow up to the debut Self Talk, an album that was nominated for an ARIA award, J Award for Best Video, shortlisted in the Australian Music Prize and selected as triple j feature album. Olivia Bartley, creative force behind the project, co-produced the upcoming album with long-time collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, DMAs).
The record explores how grief and desire are intertwined. Its referencing a personal tragedy - the addiction and loss of someone very close to me," says Bartley. But its not a project of catharsis - I chose to submit myself to this experience because I wanted to create from inside it, rather than explaining it.
Ive tried to borrow from my own grief to create its inverse: something joyous. Something beyond myself, something fantastic -something new". Its the most personal Ive ever been, but also the most confident. This album is a force."