It’s no surprise that Janet Odani has already released three albums. Mountain Climber, her latest track, which is taken from her forthcoming album, is a sophisticated folk-pop gem with a powerful uplifting message and an exquisitely raw vocal performance at its centre that highlights the young performer’s talents and recording experience. One is instantly taken in by the feel, a straight-time drum part that exudes a joyous aura but its Janet’s stirring voice, vulnerable sounding yet defiantly evocative that really draws you in. And if it’s not the declaration at the start that gives you an indication of the kind of inspirational song this is, ‘I’ve reached the top of this mountain now, I can see where I have been’, then it’s the melodic choices that will do it, flowing lines reinforced by layers of voices providing a strong counterpoint to the driving, urgent rhythm. The production is wide and expansive, adopting an organic approach that befits the nature of the universal lyric. There is also a lot of fiery spirit here, the sense of overcoming a life situation boldly communicated by the cinematic quality of the sounds and Janet’s intensely intimate performance. It’s a song about hope that will no doubt register with many. Yet there are also some climactic melodic points that push the song in many different directions. It definitely has aspects of folk music yet there are also elements of rock and pop, with the huge hook of the chorus confirming the pop ingredient. But it also has a gospel tinge to it, no doubt the inspirational element calling this to mind. This young Australian singer-songwriter has written a superb folk-pop hybrid with a life affirming message that will connect with audiences everywhere. Just as Janet sings in the chorus, ‘Mountain climber, go higher’, there is little doubt that she will do just that with this new release.