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"Owl Eyes @ Northcote Social Club"

Tonight’s performance was the first of three shows at the Northcote Social Club for local songstress Brooke Addamo aka Owl Eyes. This would be another chance for the singer-songwriter to showcase songs in front of her hometown from her debut album Nightswim which was released earlier in the year. The biggest unknown before the show was how well would her electro indie-pop tunes be translated to the live setting. If there were any trepidation’s in the room they were well and truly put to bed early. Backed up by her three piece band which consisted of keys, synth, bass and drums, each song came effortlessly to life in a venue which seemed to be the perfect companion for her music. The keys, synth and electronics blended seamlessly with the live drums and when utilised, the bass, but it was Addamo’s vocals that really soared. She sure does have an impressive voice, quiet and still one moment then easily reaching great heights the next. Owl Eyes looks as if she was born on stage, effortlessly moving and swaying to her '80s influenced pop tunes. Although only three quarters full, which considering it was a week night and the first of three shows is no mean feat, the Melbourne crowd was none the less lifeless. It certainly didn’t seem that they weren’t enjoying the show or Owl Eyes own performance which was solid. Perhaps it’s just a case of your typical mid-week Melbourne crowd, hopelessly quiet and well, kind of shit. Despite this, Owl Eyes owned the stage, playing through her highly infectious and danceable tracks and finally receiving a rapturous applause for triple j favourite Raiders, which for a brief moment saw the crowd come to life. The lack of vibe certainly didn’t dampen Owl Eyes performance, nor that of her band and you couldn’t help but get the feeling that the sold out Friday night show in front of a full house could well be something to write home about. Loved: The '80s style synth. Hated: The crowd. Drank: Fat Yak. - Beat Magazine


"LIVE REVIEW: OWL EYES + COLLARBONES + MAMMALS - THE STANDARD (11.05.13)"

When it was time for Owl Eyes to come on stage, I was bracing myself to be let down: after all, I hadn’t been hooked by either of her supports. But from the moment she twirled onstage, Owl Eyes had me. She was constantly in motion, and her vocals were spot on — far stronger and sweeter when performed live, yet somehow maintaining the breathy intimacy of her record. Highlights included the old favourites “Crystalised” and “Raiders”, new treats like “Ivory” and “Diamonds In Her Eyes”, and the album bonus track “Love Run Dry”, which was clearly the audience’s favourite of the night.
Ironically, it was due to the technical difficulties that interrupted and delayed the show by twenty minutes that revealed this. While the sound people tried to fix the problem, Owl Eyes’s devoted crowd spontaneously serenaded her with the “Love Run Dry” chorus; complete with backing vocals and an endearing attempt at the very long and rather high notes. It was as amusing as it was touching, and it maintained the energy while her synths were fixed, which benefited everybody.
Even though the encore eventually had to be cut short by one song in order to finish up on time, the atmosphere after the show was overwhelmingly positive. Owl Eyes has a natural charm about her; a warmth and honesty that makes her live show uniquely personal and utterly worthwhile. - The Au Review


"LIVE REVIEW: OWL EYES + COLLARBONES + MAMMALS - THE STANDARD (11.05.13)"

When it was time for Owl Eyes to come on stage, I was bracing myself to be let down: after all, I hadn’t been hooked by either of her supports. But from the moment she twirled onstage, Owl Eyes had me. She was constantly in motion, and her vocals were spot on — far stronger and sweeter when performed live, yet somehow maintaining the breathy intimacy of her record. Highlights included the old favourites “Crystalised” and “Raiders”, new treats like “Ivory” and “Diamonds In Her Eyes”, and the album bonus track “Love Run Dry”, which was clearly the audience’s favourite of the night.
Ironically, it was due to the technical difficulties that interrupted and delayed the show by twenty minutes that revealed this. While the sound people tried to fix the problem, Owl Eyes’s devoted crowd spontaneously serenaded her with the “Love Run Dry” chorus; complete with backing vocals and an endearing attempt at the very long and rather high notes. It was as amusing as it was touching, and it maintained the energy while her synths were fixed, which benefited everybody.
Even though the encore eventually had to be cut short by one song in order to finish up on time, the atmosphere after the show was overwhelmingly positive. Owl Eyes has a natural charm about her; a warmth and honesty that makes her live show uniquely personal and utterly worthwhile. - The Au Review


Discography

Faces EP (2010)
Crystalised EP (2011)
Nightswim LP (2013)
Nightmixes Remix EP (2013)

Singles:
Raiders
Open Up
Closure
Crystalised
Nightswim

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Brooke Addamo is Owl Eyes – one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Australia’s music capital, Melbourne. Her unique ‘80s pop-synth sound has inspired three EPs and a debut album, Nightswim, which has already received heavy rotation on nationwide youth radio station triple j. Barely into her twenties, Owl Eyes is a favourite act of the national festival circuit, having played at Homebake, Woodford, Fat As Butter, CIRCO, Breath of Life, Sets on the Beach and Queenscliff Music Festival and Falls Festival, as well as support slots for The Wombats and Darwin Deez.
Owl Eyes has also lent guest vocals for Flight Facilities at this year’s Splendour In The Grass and is set to accompany them when they tour internationally this year, expanding her global fanbase. Her endearing personality, coupled with her sublime, cinematic beats, has seen venues sell out with capacities over 850, including the infamous Corner Hotel in Richmond. Her status as a premium live act is truly cemented, having played over 120 live shows with her band in the past three years.