Infusing music with melancholy traits are not a unique feature. Singers Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs are one of the great artists who have managed to nail the beauty of haunting music into their work. The singers form the band Oh Pep! And are known for their fabulous indie music acts. They have been taking audiences around the world by tapping into their emotions, especially with their recent album called I wasn’t only thinking about you. The album features songs that are about people who wait for their social security numbers only to distance themselves from parents to form a whole new identity.
Their music is not just a work that the band comes up with themselves. They ask their audience for feedback when they write something and then change things around to help the songs fit their lives, influencing them at a deeper level. Pepita plays the violin and the mandolin banks on the writing skills of her duo partner Olivia. Together, they can transform splendidly written words into soul-crushing music that audiences have been loving.
How Oh-Pep! Started
When the duo was in school back in 2009, Olivia was about to sing a song at a concert and called Pepita to accompany her on the fiddle. That first encounter was so incredible and the audiences instantly loved their collaboration. They decided to continue playing together and soon even discovered that the heroes that they looked up to in the music industry were the same. They come from similar music-oriented families as well, so the family support was brimming for the two to perform their best.
In the early 2010s, they released a series of singles but soon started making full-fledged albums too. Their first album was called Stadium Cake and was released in 2016. The album introduced some pop tones and folk-rock bits into their songs. Their next albums that followed took brighter paths and found inspiration from Taylor Swift’s music and the poetic nuances of Lucinda Williams. As a band, the two are in a much better place, and their music has matured way past their imaginations. The success of their albums is only attributed to the time they spent away from home and promoting their music over two years. The indie band plays their songs as originals on tour before they made it into an album, which made their spontaneity show through their music.
Hints of Confused Emotions
Over time, their songwriting skills and recording changed drastically. They have even taken up writing projects for other indie Australian artists who are rising but keep the ones they like best for Oh-Pep! While their music might seem plain haunting and sad, there is much more to their music. They break the stereotype that all female songwriters write about sadness and pain. The songs are a little confused in their arrangement and have hits to shock audiences. Audiences often wonder if they should be sad or shocked by the songs they produce. The songs are diverse in feeling extraction, and that is what makes this beautiful duo special.