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Review: "Lavender Sky" - Sky Olson

“Lavender Sky” is an 80s-inspired indie pop song about surrendering to the end of a dying relationship and looking forward to a new chapter of growth within yourself. With a crooning saxophone hook and nostalgic guitar solos, the song emphasizes that though you might be sad about the tragic ending of your relationship, you can also look forward to rebuilding something new. Olson notes that “after a hurricane or typhoon hits, the skies will often turn a shade of purple so striking and beautiful that you almost forget the death and destruction that preceded it. Despite the horror and chaos of the storm, there is still beauty to be found in the aftermath.”

Starting with the sound of a smooth guitar off of snappy bass tones, the song has a hazy atmosphere, starting off slowly before picking up with brassy horns. With tentativity lining his voice, Olson perfectly captures the hesitant nature of a breakup, unsure whether you should work to move on or fight for it back. The brass was a beautiful wake-up call to learn to live alone again, becoming enthusiastic to rediscover anything and everything about yourself again. Sometimes it’s only after pain that you can really understand who you are, and Olson’s subtly when gradually letting go of his relationship demonstrates the wonders that can come out of it.

Sky Olson is a pop artist based in Utah. Known for his hard-hitting lyrics, he’s a three-time winner of “The John Lennon Songwriting Contest” and a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. His solo music is self-produced and experimental, combining an eclectic mix of ideas and sounds into a beautiful shimmery soundscape supplemented by his breathy vocals. Drawing inspiration from artists like John Mayer and The 1975, Olson aims to capture the beauty and authenticity in real genuine human emotions.

Written By Megan Cao


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