Gothic darling, Olivia Jean, returns with the title track off her second full-length (and first self-produced), Night Owl, due out August 30th on Third Man Records and sings to the artist who continues the good fight very well past normal working hours. First peaking from the garage-goth ensemble, The Black Belles, Jean’s solo endeavor plays with brighter tones. The Detroit born and Nashville transplant evokes a sunkissed sound with the bittersweet crunch of reality, or the perils of a ‘starving artist,’ on the accompanying video.
Bitten with looming thoughts, conversations alone, and the strain of working til completion, the vivid display masks Jean’s awareness. Lightly pieced together with the caress of a youthful eye, the video acts more as a reintroduction for the artist. Sonically speaking, the bubble-gum drizzle fits the heavily coated reverb that makes for an addicting hook. Jean’s silvery, sing-song tone adheres to the retro-pop swing and delights just as easily.
Jean’s resume boasts of darker, high-powered inspirations and productions — cue “Merry Widow” and anything from Bathtub Love Killings — so one can’t help but be curious where the next full-length will take a listener based on the melodic drive of “Night Owl.” Yet, all in all, one can also add appreciation that Jean has returned.
Night Owl is due everywhere August 30th and is available for pre-order at Third Man Records.