By Zach Collier
Logan, Utah soft rock singer/songwriter Sky Olson has a lot to say with his new single, “Oxygen.” Written, recorded, and produced by Olson, with mixing and mastering by Portland’s Kevin Carafa, the song’s arrangement and political undertones are sure to please fans of John Mayer’s Continuum.
“The song is about one of the great moral crimes of our time— income and wealth inequality,” says Olson. “We live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, and yet so many people are suffering. Billionaires are going to space for the fun of it, while diabetics who work two jobs wonder how they will afford their insulin.” Inspired by the protest songs of the 60’s and 70’s, Olson says his song is a rallying cry.
The most intriguing thing about this song is that it’s a reworking of a release from last summer. “It’s nearly unrecognizable from this new version, which uses entirely different chord structures and rhythms,” says Olson. “I’m thinking of this release as a reboot— think Robert Patinson’s Batman compared to Adam West’s 1960’s version.”
The new version features lush, organic instrumentation with a pop sheen. Fans of Tyrone Wells and Joey Landreth will appreciate Olson’s soulful vocals. Today, Provo Music Magazine is pleased to premiere this new version ahead of the single’s wide release on May 17th.
Make sure to follow Sky Olson on Instagram. Stream “Oxygen” below!