In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Sorry!” — OFLO
How We Found It
Bay Area singer OFLO returns to our SubmitHub inbox with a somber and honest tune that reflects the past through apologies. The Berklee College grad has been singing and writing her way through New York after relocating there to continue her music career. Making her solo debut on the site only a month ago, OFLO takes the creative brush into her own hands with the new single and video for “Sorry!”.
Why We Like It
Sometimes, the hardest thing to say is the best thing to say when it all goes wrong. Ego and pride can get in the way of living a happy, healthy life with the one you want to hold at night. Instead, you stay stuck with your throat on fire from the one word that will be your salvation. It’s hard, but once you put it all aside, saying “Sorry” can help you move past it.
Still, what happens when you use sorry too much? The phrase “I’m sorry” loses its effect the more it’s used and is meant to only be used every once in a while. Because once it’s said one too many times, it loses the very meaning you intended. The line of communication is dead. OFLO knows it’s getting old, but that’s all they can say when their love doesn’t know how to right their wrongs.
Over a sorrowful yet percussive production, OFLO proclaims she’s sorry, but shortly after the first proclamation, the meaning changes. She is essentially apologizing for being themselves when their partner can’t seem to accept her for her. The relationship they once had is no longer here for either of their support because what they had is now gone. It’s standing on one leg that’s being berated after each confrontation.
Sorry that I get so damn invested / It’s not what you expected / And I’m sorry I meant it when I told you “I loved you”” – OFLO “Sorry!” (2020)
Recently releasing the video that she shot, directed, and edited herself strips back it all and let’s her thrive in her emotion. “I always had a vision of nature for this song… specifically ocean views”, she says of the inspiration behind the song. Shooting it when she was back in San Francisco, OFLO took time to see she was sitting in her emotions just like song conveys. It’s reflection and not looking in the mirror but what’s reflecting what’s now behind you. The picture is clear and now that you know what’s behind you, it’s easier to move forward.
In past relationships, I’ve found I’ve made myself smaller and try to apologize for being who I truly am in the relationship. Just because you want to make something work, doesn’t mean that it will. No matter how much you invest in that relationship, it takes two and you don’t have to say sorry for being you. Never ask permission to be yourself, and don’t apologize for it.
The actual writing process for this song was like that of most of my heavily emotional songs – it just kinda flowed out. I made a demo-version of the beat first, and something about the vibe of the piano part just made it so easy to write the lyrics. I was deeply heart broken at the time, and so I had all these pent up thoughts and feelings I needed to be able to get out… When writing, I almost felt like the words were already there? It just took the music to coax them out.
Emotionally, I guess I wanted to convey the feeling of remorse when relationships just don’t work. In this particular case, I felt like I was giving all I could to try and make a relationship work with someone who didn’t want to be committed. The song is a sincere apology for my own short comings and imperfections, but also for the apathy of my ex….” – OFLO for CentralSauce
More From OFLO
To stay up to date on OFLO, you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to walk with her on this journey. You can listen to her new EP, Temporary. It includes “Sorry” and the recently covered “My Way.” I also recommend the throwback single “Better” with Indigo General. Stay tuned for more in the future.
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