It's always an exciting day for us when we get to introduce you to a new artist we're partnering with, and have the opportunity to share what about them is so alluring. Thanks for wanting to learn more about the latest addition to our ever-growing family, Olivia Kaplan.
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Olivia Kaplan is the kind of writer and musician I’ve been yearning for. Clever and composed, her words and melodies perfectly intertwine to evoke an overwhelming and lush wave of nostalgia.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Olivia Kaplan came to music through the American folk and jazz standards swimming throughout her childhood. At 13 she started writing songs on her dad’s Guild acoustic and has dedicated herself to the craft with ever growing acuity since. After pursuing a formal vocal and music education in high school and college, she left a conservatory level jazz program at McGill University in Montreal and made her way back home to record her own songs, while getting her degree in ethnomusicology at UCLA.
Olivia has previously self-released two EPs:
Goddamn, I Miss You (2014)
At the Seams (2018)
Listen to this one all by yourself—you won’t want any distractions.
-L.A. Record on At the Seams
In 2019 Olivia dug into a grand visual undertaking with the video for her single, "Comfort Food", which explores the tricks and turns of memory, especially when picking apart, replaying, and recontextualizing scenes of your own life. The stunning video is directed by Urvashi Pathania:
Her most recent release was 2020's single, “What You Want”, a collaborative work with Dzang & Jorge Andre.
2021 finds her embarking on a new chapter with single “Wrong”, a warm and bouncing groove dedicated to everyone trying their best to find balance in devastation and absurdity. The track features Buck Meek (Big Thief) on guitar. You can hear the new single now and stay tuned with us for any upcoming announcements.