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  • Giavanna Gradaille

Review: "Got Me Good" - Oh Blonde

I’m always a little jealous of the people who unexpectedly fall in love and obtain the beloved. If you’re a little confused, let me explain. I’m talking about the people that suddenly find themselves in love with someone and it miraculously turns out their beloved has also fallen in love with them. They’ve obtained the beloved with no problems or hiccups. And I wish it was that easy for the rest of us. Instead, we find ourselves in the throes of unrequited love. Oh Blonde's latest single, "Got Me Good" highlights the admirer's experience of falling for a beloved that does not share their romantic feelings.

“Got Me Good” is an alt-pop single about the internal difficulties that come with having an unrequited love. The opening verse voices the hope we have for the beloved to “come around”. While the following pre-chorus gives listeners a brief glimpse as to how it affects the admirer’s well-being; they're having “sleepless nights” and feeling themselves “slipping” from reality. And it's quite understandable. The fantasy of being with the beloved is alluring and feels better than the reality of the situation. But the melancholy melody brings us down to earth in the chorus: the beloved has got a hold them that can’t be shaken. Oh Blonde gives listeners a deeper look into the reality as the single progresses. The tempo picks up to demonstrate the speed of the unfolding events as the third verse explains that falling for someone doesn't happen often for the admirer. While they're falling, the beloved is switching up "fast". Indicting that there were some mutually shared feelings in the beginning of this connection - the admirer's feelings unfortunately developed further and transformed into the unrequited love, though. The soft guitar-laden bridge gives listeners a moment to reflect before the song reaches its end. It's a thoughtful section to include for listeners that have been in the admirer's role within an unrequited connection and might need the the moment to rebalance themselves. Even though admirers do eventually move on, the beloved will always be a footnote in their romantic history; and little things can prompt memories of the beloved to come flooding back.

Maren Holmgren, better known as Oh Blonde, is a singer and songwriter based in Norway's scenic west coast. The artist began releasing music recently; dropping their debut single “If I See You in 2022. But with only three songs under their belt, Oh Blonde has been able to showcase mature themes through their other-worldly vocals and unique melodies. “Got Me Good” was written while they were still attending the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts on a piano alongside one of their best friends. With the eclectic sounds of Scandinavian artists in mind, "Got Me Good" eventually turned into their latest single. If you've enjoyed the artist's exploration of unrequited love as much as I have, show them some virtual love in the form of streams, likes, and follows.

Written by Giavanna Gradaille



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