Billie Eilish & Khalid – Lovely (oksami cover) [feat. telepathics]4 min read

I’m so glad this Lovely cover is finally out! If you’re a frequent reader of my posts, Oksami (Eric) needs no introduction. If you’re new here, Eric and I met during the Better Not remix competition and have been best friends ever since. We had been talking about making music together for a while, and publishing this cover was a great start!

Lovely – Release Notes

“Lovely” (Oksami cover feat. telepathics) will be available on Spotify on October 21, 2019!

Per usual, the song was put on hold because I took too long to get vocals to him. This time around, Eric asked me to do some harmonization, but I couldn’t get it to sound right. Unfortunately, this led to some procrastination on my part and eventually, Eric and I decided to synthetically create my harmonies using Melodyne. Personally, I’m glad we took this decision, because otherwise, this cover might have never been released.

Eric put so much work into this Lovely cover, and it shows. Just wanted to thank him for letting me be a part of it. To be fair, I offered to help with vocals because he wanted to post the track without getting a copyright strike on his account.

The official art was done by Lerler! The image of my face superimposed onto Billie Eilish’s was more of a joke than not, but I think it works and I love it.

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Synthesis

God, this song is so pretty. Eric’s instrumental choice blows my mind. We’ve previewed the song a couple times before release to some small audiences – once to the Dummy Lit discord group, then once to the 6th Street semi-weekly music roast stream. Both times had received very positive feedback!

Everyone seems to associate the beginning of the track with a “Disney”-like feel, so you’ve probably seen me comment (more than once) that Eric is also Prince Eric. It then flows into the sexiest mid-section I could have ever imagined for this song. The first time I heard Eric’s runs, I freaked out because it was just icing on the cake for the cover.

The entire track is so vastly different from the original, in the best possible way. Eric’s vision and reinterpretation of “Lovely” is much prettier, brighter, and hopeful.

Lovely – Lyrics

Thought I found a way (thought I found a way)
Thought I found a way out (found)
But you never go away (never go away)
So I guess I gotta stay now

Oh, I hope someday I’ll make it out of here
Even if it takes all night or a hundred years
Need a place to hide, but I can’t find one near
Wanna feel alive, outside I can fight my fear

Isn’t it lovely, all alone?
Heart made of glass, my mind of stone
Tear me to pieces, skin to bone
Hello, welcome home

Isn’t it lovely–
Walkin’ out of town–
Heart made of glass–
Lookin’ for a better place–
Tear me to pieces–
Something’s on my mind–

Hello–
Always in my head–

Oh, I hope someday I’ll make it out of here
Even if it takes all night or a hundred years
Need a place to hide, but I can’t find one near
Wanna feel alive, outside I can fight my fear

Isn’t it lovely, all alone?
Heart made of glass, my mind of stone
Tear me to pieces, skin to bone
Hello, welcome home

What’s Next?

I wrote a while back that I was probably not going to be doing vocal work for a long time. Doing this feature for Eric kind of helped me to get over some anxieties about my voice and singing in general. I hope to do some more personal work in the future (sorry, still not really open to the idea of collaborations or more features unless we’re really close).

However, I have two upcoming posts in the works for you! I spent the last week in France with my boyfriend Quentin to see Madeon perform in Paris. The post is still in its drafting stage. I will also be going to see 100 Gecs and Brockhampton at the end of this month. So, keep an eye out for those posts!

Thanks for all your love and support.

 

love,
maryn


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