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Review: "Moroccan Oranges" - Olive Louise

Olive Louise releases new single “Moroccan Oranges” inspired by her mother’s passing. The vibrant single juxtaposes inner strength and trying to hold everything together even when you are grieving. There is no perfect way to heal or grieve. You do the best you can, and that is enough. Olive eloquently shares, "The song is about the summer I traveled to Morocco and Paris with my dad and sister after my mom passed away. It’s about the dissonance I felt looking at my dad trying to hold it together and make us feel okay, knowing that even though we were seeing stunning views, and trying new foods, and were there together, we felt completely shattered." The wound will always exist, and it may not always bleed, but the scar will never fade. A kid who experiences that kind of loss suddenly feels the weight of the world on their tiny shoulders, and while it’s commendable to be strong, it’s also okay to completely break down. You feel your heart and mind tugging in opposing directions, but the best solution is the one that gives you peace, even if just for a moment. Olive uses her gift to candidly share her trauma in hopes her listeners won’t feel so alone with their losses. “Moroccan Oranges” is a beautiful ballad in tribute to Olive’s mother, and that kind of emotion and love absolutely reaches up to the sky.

“Moroccan Oranges” is a bright folk/pop song that came to be after a great loss in Olive’s life. She shares poignant lyrics about the internal battle of trying to put on a brave face but completely crumbling inside. The single is off her debut, cathartic and enthralling EP, 275 Kings Point Road, titled for the place where she grew up, the Main House of The Great Gatsby estate. Olive’s newest music offers an earnest perspective of the stages of grief, something she knows all too well losing both parents at a young age. She lends a vulnerability that is rare and admirable. Olive has the uncontrived ability to make you feel like you are understood when listening to her music. Her soft vocals are euphoric, and her writing style is vivid and metaphorical. In "Moroccan Oranges", she sings, “Your voice like a theremin, I heard it giving in,” and this describe her father’s deep yet shaky voice when trying not to cry while on vacation for the first time after the loss of his wife and Olive’s mom. She gives us an inside look of her saddest diary entries, but in that pain, she heroically gives others the chance to heal.

Olive Louise is an indie pop singer/songwriter from New York who is quickly making a name for herself with her unique, yet charming approach to storytelling. She’s not afraid to lay it all out on the track. She began writing lyrics during class in 9th grade, and her love of music has been not only a pass time, but a saving grace. She is a self-proclaimed “misfit” who uses her craft to inspire others to be comfortable in their own skin. She has received praise from the likes of Refinery 29, Wonderland, American Songwriter, LADYGUNN and more. Elle Magazine is set to cover her unique and storied past. Her music is harrowing and in a league of its own. Olive Louise is for the time traveler, the wanderer, and those hungry for real storytelling and adventure. Stream her latest track below!

Written By Grace Chapman



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