This could be considered one of the most addictive songs that you will listen to in 2016. This song was written by Gnash, a 22-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and DJ featuring Olivia O’Brien. He has released two EP’s, U was released in March 2015 and his second EP Us was released a year later in 2016 featuring ‘I hate U, I love U’. The music video was released at the same time as the second EP showing a beach with waves crashing over the rocks and an isolated forest with Gnash walking through it singing. The song demonstrates a male and a female grieving their love for someone that is in love with someone else. In the music video, it shows the waves crashing over the rocks symbolising how something beautiful can be destructive.
Olivia O’Brien is a 16-year-old vocalist that has been posting videos onto her soundcloud page since 2014 including her most popular cover of Corrine Bailey Rae’s “put your covers on”. It must be noted that her vocals are certainly recognised in ‘I hate U, I love U’ providing a feminine voice to the song. It has been suggested that she was a fan of Gnash’s due to the fact that she done a cover of his song “Disposable”. Olivia wrote the original version of ‘I hate U I love U’ and after meeting with Gnash in LA they reworked the song to give both a male and female voice and Gnash added the beat. This song makes the listener feel as though they are the ones experiencing the grief first losing someone they deeply cared about. Both Gnash and Olivia’s vocals show the pain of losing someone you love and the importance of being true to your feelings. According to Gnash, “missing someone sucks, but it’s important to feel”, which is highlighted in the lyrics: I learned from my dad that it’s good to have feelings / when love and trust are gone.
It could be suggested that the entire song presents a mind over heart battle showing their hearts are pushing them to stay in love and that everything feels right but their mind is telling them that their loved one is in love with someone else. It creates a dilemma of should I move on or should I stay and hope that one day they will love me back. A situation I am sure the majority of people have been in and had their hearts broken over so it is definitely a song that would be close to home for many people.
It can be agreed that we are going to hear a lot more from Gnash and Olivia O’Brien but the question is are they going to work together again? I think I speak for the majority of people that we are in desperate need of another love song with both a male and female voice.
– Amy Curtis, Correspondent (Music)