OLA – Stay Fresh Session

Manchester dream pop duo OLA play a trio of tracks at Granada Studios as part of our Stay Fresh series

Video by The Skinny | 25 Apr 2017

Dean Jones and Kevan Hartman make up the ethereal and unpredictable duo formerly known as One Little Atlas, now operating under the truncated moniker of OLA. 

With sparse layers of treated guitars, swirling strings and falsetto vocal harmonies, OLA's sound is an ambient yet gripping take on dream pop and electronica. The duo's ‘cinematic’ tendencies have led to some pretty unique shows; they’ve scored a live screening of director Godfrey Reggio's iconic 'tone poem' Koyaanisqatsi at The King's Arms in Salford, and performed at the grade one listed John Rylands Library.

In this new video, shot at the Low Four music space in Granada Studios, Jones and Hartman discuss the origins of their project, their evolving name – "One Little Atlas made us sound like a folk band!" – and play a trio of tracks. There's a sneak preview of new single Light Years, and a pair of cuts from last year's Call Of The Wild EP. Watch the session in the player above.

OLA play Hey Manchester!'s stage at St Philip's Church for this year's Sounds From The Other City festival on 30 Apr; the band also play The Castle in Manchester on 20 May.

Track list: Light Years + chat (1:15), How Honest (5:51), Kind Hearts (9:14)