By Jack Barnes
Olivia O’Brien, the 19-year-old LA-based singer and songwriter named one of “100 Women Revolutionizing Pop Music” by Paper Magazine, continues her extraordinary evolution as an artist and young woman with today’s release of her new single “Love Myself” from her spring debut album via Island Records. The personally frank and honestly graphic ode to self-discovery and self-love is destined to leave its stamp as one of Olivia’s most groundbreaking performances. Her past few releases, which set her over a billion streams, have clearly shown the evolution and direction of Olivia’s ever-promising career trajectory. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
The arrival of the majestic new single “Love Myself” sets the stage for Olivia’s Was It Even Real Tour opening March 31st in Salt Lake City. The 19-city tour – with several dates already sold-out – will wrap up on April 25th at The New Parish in Oakland, CA. This marks Olivia’s first major tour schedule since her 20-city trip with duo Jack & Jack in fall 2017, in support of her EP, It’s Not That Deep (released November 2017).
After gaining massive success with the release of “i hate u i love u,” her RIAA triple-platinum, self-composed smash collaboration with gnash, Olivia, set out to prove that she is indeed a rising pop star to be reckoned with.
About OLIVIA O’BRIEN:
Olivia O’Brien could go on and on rattling off “lame excuses from guys” that you screenshot and forward to your friends for commiseration, sympathy, a laugh, or often response advice…
You don’t need to ask what to say anymore though because the 19-year-old critically acclaimed Los Angeles based singer and songwriter presents the answers on her 2019 full-length debut due this spring via Island Records. “I wrote this in a really dark place” she says, “and I hope I can help other people who may be in that same spot. My idea was for you to listen to the album when you’re feeling sad and by the end, you’ll feel better without even realizing it.
Their actions also had her asking if any of those relationships were even real. On the flip side, you can believe her words, and that’s why she made a major dent in pop music. The purple-haired songstress put up legit numbers, racking up more than a billion streams by 2019. She arrived as the rare talent who can share a song with everyone from G-Eazy and Drew Love of THEY. to gnash and received early support from the likes of Paper, The Coveteur, NYLON, V Magazine, and Idolator.
Now, Olivia takes everything back by way of her first record. “Obsessed with guitar,” she nodded to influences as diverse as Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Amy Winehouse, and Fleetwood Mac. The introductory single “Love Myself” serves as the album’s finale, but it also earmarks the beginning. Hinging on dreamy clean guitar, she turns her voice inward as she confesses in a booming chorus, “I don’t need to know who I am yet. I don’t need to have a solid plan yet. I don’t need to be the same as everyone else. I just need to motherfucking love myself.”
“I should love myself, but I don’t,” she goes on. “I should treat myself better, but I don’t. It doesn’t have the same unattainable note that a lot of happier, confident songs have. So much other shit is like, ‘I already love myself. I’m confident. I’m great’. This is more attainable. It starts with being easier on yourself. So many kids are depressed. I wanted to end on a high note.
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