Raiders - Owl Eyes
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Listen once and images of raging inter-world wars and swelling storms come to mind, soundtracked ominously by stirring synthesisers, the voice of a jewel-laden deity and beats that threaten to break the dance floor in half. Listen again and 'Raiders', the new EP from Melbourne fantasy-pop singer and songwriter Owl Eyes - the project of scarily talented 20-year-old Brooke Addamo - offers up something else entirely: the innermost fears and hopes of a young woman trying to figure it all out. The daydream of a girl watching from the sidelines, wondering when she'll get the chance to step up and show 'em what she's got. The relatable longing of anyone struggling with internal or external pressures - still set, of course, to a thrilling explosion of pop with a chorus that won't quit. Following her official introduction to Australia via the chorus of breakout hip-hop star Illy's 'It Can Wait', Owl Eyes went on release her own Faces EP in September last year. The EP, and its hypnotising single '1+1', which quickly won the hearts of triple j programmers, hinted at a fascinating new voice in Australian music. Addamo, it seemed, had the ability to pen enveloping, self-contained tales - evocative little daydreams - that spoke also to coming-of-age desires and insecurities like few other songstresses of her ilk.