Olivia Dean has dropped her first single of the year, ‘Be My Own Boyfriend’

It's the first taster of a forthcoming new project, 'Growth'.
Photo credit: Olivia LiFungula

Fast rising star in waiting Olivia Dean has dropped her first single of 2021, ‘Be My Own Boyfriend’.

Following up on her 5* Dork rated EP ‘What Am I Gonna Do On Sundays’, she explains: “My last EP was very much a breakup EP, I was processing and feeling the feelings and then lockdown happened and I had to spend a lot of time by myself and look within, as we all did I feel, and I realised that I’m actually my own boyfriend. I don’t need someone else to complete me, I don’t need an other half, I’m whole, so I really wanted to write a song capturing that essence.

It’s a very societal thing that you’re always looking for your Prince Charming or that when you meet this person that you’ll be ‘whole’ or ‘successful’, like that’s the end goal. But I think the end goal is being happy by yourself, and if you do meet someone then it’s a really cute accessory – a cute addition to my life, but it’s not completing my life. It’s not the whole look, he’s just the bag!”

It comes alongside news of a brand new ‘project’, ‘Growth’ – due for release this summer via AMF. “I am so proud of ‘Be My Own Boyfriend’ and excited for everyone to hear what’s coming,” Olivia adds. This is the first single from a project I’m currently finishing called ‘Growth’. I think the past year has been a lot for everyone and I’ve learnt so much about myself and this project is a reflection of that journey.”

That journey will take her to two sold out headline shows at London’s Jazz Café this June, with an appearance at All Points East scheduled in for the end of August.

You can check out ‘Be My Own Boyfriend’ below.

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