Sophie Ozard sings and plays guitar. She hails from Byron Bay but has ties to Melbourne too. ‘Catcall’ is her latest single.
It’s a cry of independence. Ozard’s vocals leak with melodrama as solitude and loneliness sit heavy above waltzing guitar. This song comes on honest. It feels like every one of these words arrive wrenched from the bottom of a bleeding heart. But there’s a weariness to it all too.
Maybe it’s even a little Jeff Buckley. But then she says she's influenced by Bob Dylan which might be why this song aches with that same kind of 5am angst he peddled on Blond on Blonde. That said her soulish delivery could be linked to Amy Winehouse. The attitude and directness ditto. Her music would also play well beside more contemporary Australian acts like Julia Jacklin and Stella Donnelly.
In the artist's own words: "'Catcall' is a song that wrote itself within half an hour, while I was walking to high school one morning in Melbourne. Some men in a delivery truck started driving along next to me and yelling the usual gross and degrading stuff out the window. I was so embarrassed, just walking along hiding my face so no one recognised me. They drove off and my brain cogs started turning. Why was this considered fairly normal? Why was I embarrassed, yet these grown ass men suggesting sex to a kid in school uniform laughing and seeming mighty proud of their hilarious banter? This song is a product of this anger that I was experiencing for the first time at the age of 16, that I and most other women in the world have felt on an all too regular basis since then."
That’s all we know about the Ozard. But in the wake of ‘Catcall’ we’re already waiting to hear a little more.
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