Rising British artist Olivia Swann has released her debut single, ‘Salty’ featuring Jane Handcock.
‘Salty’ is a sultry early ‘00s-infused R&B jam that could be about a breakup – if it wasn’t concerned with sneaker swiping. The track features California Bay R&B artist Jane Handcock and marks Swann’s debut serving. Written & produced alongside American peers, it combines a laid back, West Coast groove, sophisticated R&B vocal production with a syncopated melodic line that’s entirely her own.
For Swann, subverting expectations has always been part of the game plan. It was while working in Paris that she was invited to an audition for the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She was awarded a place, deferred her business degree at the University of Exeter, hopped on the next plane to Boston, USA and never looked back.
“As a kid, I actually just wanted to be a rap star or David Beckham,” confesses Swann. Eventually trading her Adidas David Beckham football boots for Nike Air Jordans and ditching the idea of a boardroom for the reality of a recording studio, Swann now revels in delivering the unpredictable with predictable candour. It’s certainly something she’s grown accustomed to as a multi-territory artist, writing music in Los Angeles for herself and others, while performing across the pond in London.
Drawing a line from Outkast & Erykah Badu mixed with the classics of Chet Baker, Amy Winehouse, with an air of the cheek of Lily Allen, Swann’s aural aesthetic combines an appreciation of gospel, jazz and R&B, honed from graduating at one of the most respected music schools in the world.
With many tracks to be released over the coming year from the rising British artist, ‘Salty’ is a strong introduction to Olivia Swann’s vibrant sound.