Release Date: August 28th 2020 / December 18th 2020 / February 19th 2021
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- love u again (feat. R3HAB)
- talk me out of it
- Do You Miss Me
Sometimes an artist just hits you out of nowhere, with a discography so catchy, energetic, infectious and potent that you can’t help but be proud and inspired. I guess that’s the best type of ‘new’ artist there is- when you immediately find a singer and a performer and an entertainer that entertains, but speaks to your soul as well. And as I was perusing through Youtube, one such artist jumped out at me. A young star who has had her start in Disney (like other well known stars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, and now defuct sibling pop group Everlife); Olivia Holt has recorded plenty of songs and given us many inspiring hits. However it was only in this past week that I have had the pleasure of being introduced to Olivia’s music- and boy is it super fun and extremely boppy. Similar in style to Sabrina Carpenter and Hailee Steinfeld; we are met with a young artist who is extremely confident in her craft, as she shows us that there is no limit on how young you are when you start chasing your dreams.
Over 530M combined streams, 9M+ social followers, a #1 dance hit (“Generous”), a GOLD single (“History”) and that’s just the beginning. In 2016, Olivia Holt released her eponymous EP, OLIVIA, which debuted #19 on Billboard’s New Artist chart, hit top 40 on Billboard’s Pop chart and drew critical acclaim from The Fader, Idolater, Entertainment Weekly and TeenVogue. Olivia has also been featured on tracks by some of today’s most electrifying producers/DJs including Martin Jensen, R3HAB, Nicky Romero and Banx & Ranx.
Maintaining a deft balancing act with a successful acting career (Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger; upcoming Cruel Summer for Freeform) and a Global Brand Ambassadorship with Neutrogena, Olivia is at her most authentic when it comes to music.
The other day I wanted to find a good quote from Olivia about her music- and came across this press release instead, which said everything I wanted to say but in a better way. So as I quote this article verbatim, let me just say that Olivia’s latest material is a blast and a ball of fun- and if her presumed 2021 debut full length album is anything to go by, then Olivia Holt will go extremely far. “love u again”, with R3HAB, is a EDM tune that is extremely danceable, yet a deeper look at the lyrics reveals a tortured soul who tells their ex that they ‘…don’t wanna see nobody touch you, and know you’re happy again, ayy, because a part of me wants to believe, that if you’re coming, you’re coming for me, won’t let nobody love you if I can’t love you again…’, as we are presented with a warning of sorts- a pleading to let go of past relationships because it will consumer every part of us… and then who are we as a person? The one who is vengeful and is always holding onto grudges? “talk me out of it” is a challenge to a significant other, as Olivia asks them to change her mind, to ‘talk her out of’ taking things slow romantically- although the song could be seen as wanting to take more active risks in life so that we could all live life and live it to the fullest. While “Do You Miss Me”, Olivia’s latest single, which released a week or so ago, is about a broken relationship and one persona asking the other if he misses her, considering he’s seemingly moved on already.
Olivia Holt’s music is predominately about relationships and the feelings of happiness, frustration, joy and sadness that go along with them. But for us single people, inclusive of myself, let’s not let subject matter that we can’t fully relate to yet, ruin our enjoyment of these songs. Because Olivia is indeed a star in the making- and as we are immersed in these songs that speak to us about the human condition, and wanting to be the best that there is, especially in the romance department; let us remember that being human means feeling the hurt along with the joy, the disappointment and sadness along with the happiness. And once we accept this, we can indeed love again, we can be talked out of playing it safe in life, and we can be able to miss someone yet still be ready to move on. And with Olivia slated for a debut album this year– why don’t we all hold our breath with anticipation, and marvel and how talented this young woman is- in acting and in singing? Well done Olivia for these poignant songs, I can’t wait to her what’s next in store for you in 2021!
RIYL: Everlife, Sofia Carson, Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Sabrina Carpenter, Dua Lipa, Little Mix