“Night Owl” Olivia Jean

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"Night Owl" by Olivia Jean

Olivia Jean releases her new full-length Night Owl, August 30, on Third Man Records. The title track and first single “Night Owl” is available on streaming services and on 7” vinyl with physical-only B-side “Jaan Pehechaan Ho.” Olivia Jean will be touring behind the album and single with the Raconteurs, starting August 29th in Nashville, Tenn.

Night Owl, was produced by Olivia Jean. Surf guitar, 60s girl group harmonies, and punk commingle into a collection of songs depicting heartache, revenge, guilt, and frustration — it’s “bubblegum garage” at its best. About the Night Owl album name and theme, Olivia Jean says “I am introverted and obsessed with art. I live every day with a lot of anxiety, guilt, doubt, and depression. I get completely obsessed with projects or completely imprisoned by fear of judgment. I find that staying up late is a comfortable place for me to be mentally to work on projects and reflect on life…”

Night Owl also included additional musicians into Olivia’s recording process for the first time, which helped evoke a renewed natural energy to the songs. “This is the first album I have written and produced by myself. It was quite difficult learning how to produce an album on my own without letting my perfectionism and doubt hinder the process. I couldn’t split myself down the middle to be both songwriter and producer. This learning curve caused tons of time to be wasted, frustration to ensue, but also forced me to leave my comfort zone. I learned that an album will never truly feel finished to an artist. Climbing with an album for too long towards an unreachable view of perfection is a waste of time and positive energy. Being the captain of this ship has helped me grow as a musician and as a songwriter knowing what is truly important in an album.”

The new challenge of producing, as well as opening the studio door for other musicians to collaborate, has helped lead to Olivia’s richest collection of songs to date. Surf-inflected originals like “Garage Bat,” “Shut Your Mouth” and “Night Owl” soar and scorch alongside incendiary covers “Brushfire (Flamin’ Groovies)” and album stand-out “Jaan Pehechaan Ho” (Mohammad Rafi – made famous in Terry Zwigoff’s film Ghost World).

Olivia Jean
Night Owl

1. Garage Bat
2. Night Owl
3. Shut Your Mouth
4. Brushfire
5. In Two
6. If You Don’t Love Me By Now
7. Rhinestone
8. The Hunt
9. Jaan Pehechaan Ho
10. Can You Help Me
11. Siren Call
12. I Used To Be Lonely
13. Perfume
14. Tsunami Sue

Olivia Jean
Live Dates

8/29 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
8/30 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
8/31 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
9/3 – Red Hat Amphitheatre – Raleigh, NC *
9/5 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY *
9/6 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY *
9/7 – Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY *
9/9 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA *
9/10 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA *
9/12 – Sony Centre for Performing Arts – Toronto, ON *
9/13 – Express Live! Indoor Pavilion – Columbus, OH *

* – w/The Raconteurs