Olivia O'Brien's "I Don't Exist" Is an Ode to the Outsiders

Olivia O'Brien's "I Don't Exist" Is an Ode to the Outsiders

The singer-songwriter enters a new era with the release of her single and music video.

The singer-songwriter enters a new era with the release of her single and music video.

Text: Chloe Laguette

Today, the singer released "I Don't Exist," the follow up single to her last hit, "UDK."

The song's lyrics speak of the frustration and isolation of feeling like an outsider. "My writing is a reflection of myself, and I feel like I personally have grown and changed immensely in the past year. This is the first song I wrote for my new project so I think I've even matured since writing it, and I have a lot of songs coming to that show even more growth," O'Brien said.

Her most captivating video to date shows her on the outside of a party, visually representing the frustration that comes with not fitting in, a subject in which many people experience as they come of age, especially young women.

"I would like to teach them that it’s ok to talk about your feelings and that your feelings are valid no matter what. The earlier they learn that the earlier they can start to get better at handling their emotions and dealing with them in a healthy way," O'Brien said. "I also want them to hear it from someone who actually has been through terrible depression that it does get better. I used to hate when people said that to me because I felt that they couldn’t possibly know how it felt. but now that I finally feel okay for the first time, I realized that they were right and that if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone."

The video is part of O'Brien's plan to continue releasing new music that will eventually lead to a full-length album. O'Brien proclaimed that the single is the beginning of her new era. "I wrote it after a long period of boredom, depression, and writer’s block. all of my new songs are very different from each other but they definitely share a similar feeling because I wrote them all during the same period of inspiration. for me, my inspiration comes and goes in waves and I think it gets better every time because I am slowly learning more about music, writing, and life in general," She said.

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