Olivia O’Brien Joins Forces With Blackbear On “Root Beer Float”
Olivia O’Brien is shaping up to be one of 2016’s breakout stars thanks to her feature on gnash’s “I Hate U, I Love U,” which is still climbing the Billboard Hot 100. (The moody anthem is currently sitting pretty at number 22). It was only a matter of time before the 16-year-old got snapped up by a major label and her debut solo single, “Trust Issues,” arrived in August via Island Records. That track found the singer/songwriter in a particularly gloomy headspace, dropping emotional truth bombs left, right and center.
The newcomer’s latest anthem is the polar opposite. Featuring a verse from Blackbear, “Root Beer Float” is a drowsy party anthem. “I’ve been rolling, rolling with papers, wanna get high to see you later,” Olivia sings over hazy electronic production. “Pour some whiskey, feeling frisky — we should make a root beer float.” (I hope her mom doesn’t hear this!) It’s extremely catchy and shows that she’s equally adept at capturing happy vibe as introspective moments. Check it out below.