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Olivia O'Brien Shares Bittersweet New Single "Just Friends"

"I just like having you around / But I don't want to be held down."

Photo by Keri Dolan

Olivia O'Brien originally broke out when she collaborated with Gnash on the chart-topping single "i hate you, i love u."

Earlier this year, she put out the introspective single "Love Myself," accompanied by sentimental visuals. Now, she's back with a new single called "Just Friends" off of her forthcoming album WAS IT EVEN REAL? due out April 26th via Island Records.

O'Brien's latest offering, "Just Friends" is a short and sweet track that explores the murky line between platonic and romantic relationships. Thanks to the song's stripped-down production, O'Brien's silky voice takes the forefront as soft guitars float in the background. "I want you here but I don't want the strings attached / Because I don't know how long we'll last."

This new track shows that O'Brien can shine just as brightly whether baring all vulnerabilities or hyping us up through energetic pop bangers. Watch the lyric video for "Just Friends" below.


Sara is a music and culture writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.


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