Fast rising UK soul-pop star Olivia Dean announced her long-awaited debut album ‘Messy’, due for release on Friday 30th June 2023 via EMI Records. Featuring the singles ‘Danger’ and ‘UFO’, Messy cements Dean as one of the most original and versatile voices in UK pop. Crafting classic yet conversational hooks with genre-fluid tinges, she’s honed a way of exploring universal themes of love, loss and everything in between with razor-sharp but open-hearted storytelling.
Of her debut album, Olivia shares, “Going into making the record, I’d just done this ‘Growth’ project. And for ages, I was like, well, my debut album needs to be what I’ve grown into, I need to have the answer. And that really confused me for a while. Then I realised, I’m always going to be growing. So this doesn’t have to be a destination, it’s just where I’m at now.”
“It’s funny because I think it’s the most fine-tuned I’ve got my sound to be, but also the most carefree I’ve been in actually making music… some of it’s quite vulnerable but it was just made out of pure fun and joy and unbotheredness, and I think I’ve done a good job with calling it Messy because if anybody says it’s all over the place I’ll be like, yeah!”
The album release follows a sold out tour of the UK and Europe, including huge shows at London’s KOKO and iconic Roundhouse, which saw tickets fly out, fans queuing around the block and delighting in Dean’s electric, cathartic live show, in addition to support shows with the likes of Loyle Carner and Kojey Radical.
Olivia Dean will be playing at North Sea Jazz Festival on Saturday July 8th. She will also play a sold out show at Melkweg Amsterdam on September 11th.