About Oh Pep!
Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs met in music secondary school in Melbourne, Australia, drawn together by a shared love of songs with no boundaries or expectations. The duo, now both 24, have since unveiled three EPs, but it's their debut album, Stadium Cake, that truly showcases Hally and Emmerichs' uniquely compelling collaboration.
Hally and Emmerichs decamped to Halifax, Nova Scotia to record with producer Daniel Ledwell. After initially meeting Ledwell in early 2015 and recording two tracks with him for their Living EP, Oh Pep! felt that he had the right sensibility to carry these new album songs through the recording process. The band spent their August in Ledwell's studio, and celebrated the culmination of the recording by swimming across Lake Echo, which neighbors the studio.
"Doctor Doctor," the album's first single, is a pop song with elements of the unexpected, revealing the band's interest in experimental and occasionally dissonant melodies as Hally sings "Where is the light, for me it's the darkest night." A sense of light and dark stitches together the tapestry of Stadium Cake, continually bringing a sense of tension to each song. It's heard in the texture of "Tea, Milk and Honey,"as Hally sings with sparse accompaniment before the delayed entry of the band. That tension can also be heard in the jarring time changes of Emmerich's line in "The Situation"and "7 Babies."
Oh Pep! has been bringing their recordings to the stage for years, first trekking around Australia and then touring internationally since early 2015. They've performed at CMJ, SXSW and Nashville's Americana Music Festival, and for Seattle's KEXP and NPR's Tiny Desk.
“This is pop at its most kinetic”
“Artists to watch in 2016”
“musical thrill-seekers mining the pop/folk hinterland for foot-stomping nuggets of gold”
“Filled with Magic”
“dark hearts buried in breezy melodies”
“Must See artists at SXSW 2016”