Stadium Cake Oh Pep! Barely Dressed/Inertia Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs are well schooled in myriad musical forms, dating back to 2009 when they met at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne. Jazz was singer and guitarist Hally’s bag, while violin and mandolin player Emmerichs pursued a classical education. The duo has come a long way since then, via a stint in bluegrass/country, before arriving at a more pop-oriented approach to songwriting and performing. This is the 24year-olds’ debut album, after three well received EPs, and it’s a joyous collection that marries folkie textures to some gloriously hummable hooks. The Race is a glowing example, with Hally ripping through a wordy lyric set against a bouncy backdrop of bass, drums and guitar, plus plucked violin from Emmerichs, who also adds compelling harmonies: “Oh my goodness here comes his highness / followed by my friend the air hostess / who knows the mostest about his big jet plane / flying him home again over the mountain.” Equally infectious is the following Seven Babies, which flits between 12-bar blues and a jaunty pop shuffle. Doctor Doctor and the opening Bushwick are acoustic pop earworms. There’s a more sombre tone to Tea, Milk & Honey and the closing Afterwards, ambient and acoustic ballads respectively that allow the subtle, seductive textures of Hally’s voice to shine. Once or twice the spectre of another female duo, Sweden’s First Aid Kit, saunters into view, particularly on Wanting and Trouble Now, but that detracts little from Oh Pep!’s delightful folk/pop agenda.