London-based OLI has been working with producer Benny D (Stormzy, Plan B, Paloma Faith) on a new EP, including a track featuring Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan. Before that, however, she’s served up a barnstormer of a single in What Happened to You?
OLI’s vocals do have a hint of Lana Del Rey and Amy Winehouse about them. 60s soul glamour is hinted at in her delivery, though she brings to that polished sound a much more gritty and intimate sensibility. With a grounded, kitchen-sink quality to the lyrics and a tearjerker of a chorus, What Happened to You? is like an arrow scoring a direct hit on your heart.
Speaking of the new single, OLI said: “I really wanted to do a song about a friend and not a partner. I just feel like betrayal can be so much deeper with a friend and really shatter you. Sadly, I think a lot of people have been through this, and you really do find yourself asking what happened to you?? Maybe you won’t cry yourself to sleep every night but It’s a different kind of sadness.”
You can also listen to What Happened to You? on Spotify. Head over to OLI’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter socials for details on how to listen to the song, and keep up to date with news and new releases.