Rising songwriter Olivia Lunny cements her place as the next breakthrough Canadian artist with her latest offering “Hold Me.” Following the tender stylings of “Bedsheets” and the anthemic soundscape of “Think of Me,” her new single establishes the Lunny’s expansive sonic diversity, this time tapping into her hidden reserves of gritty musicality.
Opening with a strong guitar instrumental, accentuated by an edgy, thumping bass, “Hold Me” steadily builds up the electro-tinged soundscape, with Lunny’s husky vocals capturing swirling desperation of unrequited love. Surrounded by a deafening, hypnotic sonic arrangement that does nothing to drown out her heartbreak, she sings, “When it gets dark, and I can’t see, can you please stay pretend to love me?/ Someone to hold me.”
The single along with its official video, directed by Louis Browne, hones in the duality of love. About the track and video, Lunny notes, “Love is a beautifully complex thing, but it can often leave one feeling heartbroken and confused.”
Having fallen in with music at an early age, Lunny garnered praised for her self-titled EP in early 2018 at age 17, and there has been no looking back for this brilliant talent since. In addition to exploring and showcasing her musical range through her various successful releases this, she also came together with likes of Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Michael Bublé, and Sarah McLachlan for a rendition of “Lean on Me” in support of COVID-19 relief. She recently also partnered with dating app Bumble to promote staying in touch with loved ones even when you're in isolation.
With more music slated for this year, “Hold Me,” is one of many milestones on Olivia Lunny’s sure-to-be illustrious path as she marches on with no signs of slowing down.