Originally from Essex, Manchester-based songwriter Olivia Browse has been making waves on the local scene for the past few years – with a strong collection of original songs, she’s always around and about playing at gigs here in Manchester!
Taking inspiration from a vast variety of artists, ranging from singer-songwriters such as Stella Donnelly and Kate Nash, to Britpop bands such as Pulp and The Smiths; even to modern pop artists like Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama, her music encompasses a huge range of inspiration in order to create something that is truly unique and true to Olivia’s style.
Her songs, with their grounded lyricism and simplistic yet catchy melodies, pertain to modern issues and events in the life of 20-somethings today. Writing about her experiences whilst at university in Manchester, listeners are easily able to connect with Olivia on a personal level through her music.
Olivia’s debut single ‘Sober‘, released in May 2020 during the pandemic, really gave her audience an inside look into her musical direction, telling her stories in a tongue-in-cheek manner, with an upbeat styling – coining the term ‘sad bops’ as her genre of choice!
Her next single ‘Halloween‘ (released, well, on Halloween 2020), really gave her music a proper shape with musical insight from her producer Shtum – proving her talent in songwriting and taking on different approaches to her music. We were absolutely blown away by this single, giving us an eerie and almost spooky insight into her life, whilst still maintaining that original upbeat ‘sad bop’ sound that we were accustomed to from the first single.
All throughout this, Olivia has been performing, putting on gigs – her ‘Doyenne’ show over at Fuel Cafe Bar last year, featuring a vast range of amazing female and non-binary artists, was a sell out show! It’s truly inspiring to see someone trying their best to not only progress their own music, but also helping others along the way – a real mantra of us here at Bread.
Olivia’s brand new single ‘Red Stripe‘, the first release of her’s through the label is out now!! Go and check it out – Spotify / Apple Music / Bandcamp !! We’re super stoked to be putting such a great tune out through the label.
In September, Olivia teamed up with London-based electro-pop artist Szou and put out the bubblegum-pop styled ‘Calendar Girl‘ – a real shift from her original styling, but maintaining the unique sound of her music. You can find it over on Spotify and all streaming sites and she worked with the fantastic Matchbox Productions to create a glitz and glamour music video!
On the 26th November Olivia released her brand new single ‘Lonelier Than You‘ – returning to her original britpop ‘sad bop’ sound, and it sounds fantastic – a real insight into Olivia’s talented songwriting ability! You can find it over on Spotify and Apple Music. 🤘
Olivia’s signature brit-pop/indie sound was cemented in her earlier singles, and her songwriting style really stands her out as a down-to-earth artist, writing about her experiences moving up to Manchester from Essex; and she works alongside her producer and partner Shtum to record her songs in her home studio. Throughout her releases, the diversity and creativity really shines, with her songs ranging from hyperpop to acoustic folk, but still maintaining her original britpop elements, showing the talent and chemistry shared between her and Shtum. Throughout 2021, Olivia amassed over 15,000 streams on her releases just on Spotify, and performed across the North West, at venues in Manchester, Liverpool and even has lately gained a slot for her debut gig down in London!
Now in February of 2022, Olivia has just put out her brand new double single “Nevermind Valentine / Cliché“, two songs that really show the range and variety that she puts into her work, almost grunge with elements of pop in there however still remaining true to her unique britpop stylings. We love this one and hope you do too! Check it out over on Spotify and Apple Music! 🤘
“Olivia Browse gives a slacker-pop edge to her solo songwriter output, with help from generous amounts of reverb and a strong sense of aesthetic. The catchiness of the songs helps – and it has all added up to make the London native a favourite on the Manchester music circuit.” – Joseph Stevens, RGM Magazine
“I admire her balls for not sticking to the status quo and writing about pleasant things like falling in love. I think a lot of young people will be able to extract something from this track; It’s haunting because it’s real shit that’s happening right now. Keep an eye peeled for Olivia Browse.” – Ella Hardy, Somebody Save Music