O.L.I.V.I.A is the scenic name of Olivia Taretto, an Argentinian vocalist and producer from the Colegiales district of Buenos Aires. Active in the electronic scene since 2017, O.L.I.V.I.A has already been able to collaborate with the producers like Bursz and Ro Stambuk.
After a series of edits posing the atmosphere, in which the rule of “opposites attract each other” is more confirmed than ever (Arca vs. Beyonce, Real [RIP] vs. Britney Spears, or Rosalía and Dinamarca), the young artist released her first EP, Modo Avión, on the label AGVA Records. And what we get right from the very first track “ECO”, we can appreciate how O.L.I.V.I.A can create a languid but at the same time raunchy style.
Even in its most experimental offshoots, avant-pop is, in any case, pop, so it retains immediate accessibility for the listener, thanks, usually, to a variable percentage of catchiness. Modo Avión, even though is a true avant-pop EP, works a bit differently. More than being accessible, O.L.I.V.I.A’s music can find by itself the access, throughout the tiny holes of the people’s emotional shell, to the most hidden melancholic emotions and touch them. “REFL3JO” is, in this sense, a track that transforms the heart in a speaker and the soul in a dancer.
The lyrics, singed by a sublime crystalline voice, evoke the new modes of being that social media has given to us and that we have accepted. This theme could, of course, bear dystopian traces, but O.L.I.V.I.A’s work is too human-hearted to fall subject to that sort of gravity. Most graceful is the EP’s title track, which uncurls for five frictionless, floating, dreamlike minutes. A beautiful hovering balm eased at the decade’s cease.
In a society in which communication is lowered to sending GIFs a work with so much to communicate as Modo Avión is godsent.