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Review: Olympians – The Book Club Part Four

4 Dec

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All good things must come to an end and so it is with Olympians grand venture, The Book Club. This final release, aptly named ‘Part Four’ following on as it does from parts one, two and indeed three, signals the culmination of a year’s work for the Norwich based math-poppers.

Appropriate then that lead single, “Everything’s Amazing! (Nobody’s Happy)”, should begin with choral harmonies that wouldn’t feel inappropriate as part of a funeral. Unintentionally perhaps they are saying their goodbyes. It could also be a goodbye to the past for Olympians, with drummer Ed leaving a new line up (possibly) and a new beginning beckons for the band as they enter 2013.

What the current line-up leaves behind is a piece of work that grew and evolved over the course of the year and saw them embrace experimentation and musical freedom. Part four showcases both the subtlety of their vocals, Ben’s harmonies are perfectly balanced against Dan’s slightly old fashioned and charming singing voice on the lead single, and their love of sound.

It is a testament to the quality of music on show that, despite numerous listens, we still cannot decide on a favourite track. Either from this specific release, or the Book Club as a whole. Both versions of “Everything’s Amazing!” captivate us in differing ways (the mellowness of “(Nobody’s Happy)” and the bouncy twitchiness of “(Nobody Died)”, while each of the three preceding lead singles (“The Great Gatsby”, “The Dictionary” and “It Was Words That Sunk Our Ship”) are fantastic in their own right. If pressed we would plump for “It Was Words…”, just ahead of “The Dictionary”.

It was an ambitious project but one the guys pulled off with some style and no small amount of charm and laughter. It may well be an ending for The Book Club but with a new EP already recorded, and an album on the way, there is still a lot more to come from Olympians. We can’t wait.



The Book Club is open to new members until 10 December so hurry and click to get some CDs in a book while you still can, it’s only £10. Here’s some blurb about it to get you excited.

The Book Club is a series of four singles released throughout 2012 in a series of CDs in limited edition handmade cases that fit nicely inside a hollowed out hardback book. Club members also get a host of extra material, remixes and a limited edition poster.

UPDATE: The guys have now released a video of swirling rainbow epilepsy to accompany “Everything’s Amazing! (Nobody’s Happy)”, which you can watch below.



Read More: Listen: Olympians – “It Was Words That Sunk Our Ship”

Olympians In Session: In Session… Olympians – “From Your Head” / In Session… Olympians – “The Dictionary”

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Listen: Olympians – “It Was Words That Sunk Our Ship”

14 Sep

After the ridiculously successful and enthralling summer of sport enjoyed by the vast majority of the British public, you only need now say the word ‘Olympian’ and people get flustered, clutch their pearls and exclaim ‘oh my stars’. Such was the impact of the sporting extravaganza that even the post boxes turned to gold.

Prior to the greatest sporting event in the world ever(tm), while London 2012 was still something to be cynical about and G4S still thought they’d have enough security staff, another band of Olympians were hard at work, creating a Book Club and preparing for the adulation of baying crowds across the country. Not a book club like Oprah’s mind you, but rather a unique method of releasing a series of literary themed CD singles.

Over the course of the year, the half-Norwich, half-London based drone folk band has provided Book Club members with a hollowed out book in which to house four singles, as well as some more exclusive digital content not available anywhere else. Following the acclaimed “The Great Gatsby” and “The Dictionary”, single number three, “It Was Words That Sunk Our Ship” is full of rousing harmonies and popping rhythms layered over intricate guitar and synth lines.

With each new release the band seems to mature and evolve, creating more detailed and intelligent sounds and “It Was Words…” is no exception. Much like their sporting namesakes, Olympians have built up some real momentum and it should only be a matter of time before they translate that into medals. Well, musical medals anyway.

Click to get some CDs in a book from the Olympians Book Club.

Olympians In Session
In Session… Olympians – “From Your Head”
In Session… Olympians – “The Dictionary”

In Session… Olympians – “The Dictionary”

19 Jun

Last week we shared with you our first session with Dan and Ben of half-Norwich, half-London based four-piece,Olympians. As promised, this week we have a brilliantly improvised version of “The Dictionary”, a track that has been receiving a lot of love in recent weeks. Seriously, you have to watch this, if only for the way in which the guys conjure up a percussion section using anything to hand.

Click to get some CDs in a book from the Olympians Book Club which is out now.

More Sessions
In Session… Olympians – “From Your Head”
In Session… She Makes War – “Minefields”
In Session… She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”

In Session… Olympians – “From Your Head”

12 Jun

In recent weeks, Olympians have received a lot of love for their latest track, “The Dictionary”. Being 50% local, we got in touch with the band and were delighted when Dan and Ben agreed to perform a session for us. Next week we’ll share a brilliantly improvised version of “The Dictionary”, but for now, enjoy this stripped down rendition of “From Your Head”.

Click to get some CDs in a book from the Olympians Book Club which is out now.

More Sessions
In Session… She Makes War – “Minefields”
In Session… She Makes War – “Exit Strategy”