Artists to Watch in 2018: ODETTE
2017 has been a tumultuous, and triumphant year for women in the creative industries. As strong women shatter the glass ceiling, they do so with equal parts sass and poise. One young woman making waves for all the right reasons is ODETTE. At the ripe age of 19, Odette displays an intense level of emotion and maturity that far surpasses her young years.
Born in London, and raised in Sydney’s inner west, Odette’s sound is as unique as it is refreshing. When it comes to music with a pop flavour, it’s not always easy to bring new ideas to the forefront. This has not been an issue for Odette. Her passion for music and intense wisdom are deeply seeded in every release. Equal parts poetic and melodic, it’s hard not to get lost in Odette’s sweet melancholia.
Odette manages to master all the elements, binding together layers of percussion with a gossamer of gentle vocal loops. We’re a sucker for soulful piano,and enigmatic melodies, both of which are features that have come to be known as signature elements of an Odette track. But it’s that honeyed vocal and poetic delivery that truly sets Odette apart in a sea of rising pop stars.
Having dropped ‘Watch Me Read You’, the connection between new fans and Odette was immediate and real. She wowed crowds at multiple BIGSOUND showcases as well as shows around Sydney, and even performed at The Plot festival. Signed to the legends at EMI, she’s got a serious team behind her because she’s seriously that good, and this was only further cemented as fact when she released ‘Collide’. Once again, with her second single, she captured emotion and vulnerability in such a way that it almost feels like she’s singing directly to you, like she made this song for you and your mind and your heart. Her talent is such that it feels global while incredibly intimate, and this is something you can’t learn or buy – you just have it or you don’t.
Beautiful vocal range aside, Odette‘s lyrics are deeply moving. Honing your skills is an important part of becoming a performer, but finding a voice to connect with fans is art. Odette manages to breakthrough with her penetrating poetry. Each of her songs communicate on a deeper level, capturing audiences through conveying universal meaning. There’s nothing we support more here at Purple Sneakers than burgeoning talent, with heart. It’s safe to say that Odette has firmly positioned on our radar, and we cannot wait to watch this star rise in 2018.
Words by Rosie Rae