“Coming of Age” and the Frustration it Brings
“Coming of Age” is Olive Klug’s second single since signing to Nettwerk last fall. The new song is one that follows a previous release, 2021’s “Raining in June,” specifically a track that has accumulated 5M+ streams on Spotify.
Olive Klug (they/them) is known for their vividly honest storytelling and modern lyrical sensibility. Their upbringing in the Pacific Northwest inspires many parts of their artist project, specifically focusing on building community with fans. Klug makes songs on TikTok, displaying a deep sense of sincerity and genuine excitement, one that has rallied their fans and supporters along the way.
“‘Coming of Age’ is a song written out of frustration. Through writing the song, I realized that a lot of the angst, sadness and inability to grow up I experienced stems from a looming feeling that the world is going to end, so why even bother? The song’s production draws inspiration from folk punk with intentional mistakes highlighted, untuned vocals, percussive mandolin & banjo, and an 8-track recording. This is to underscore the angsty, adolescent feel of the song as a whole.”
What makes “Coming of Age” so special is its extremely relatable lyrics. Specifically, the beginning lines speak of not wanting to “fake it” anymore, that the desire to pretend that “everything is fine” is gone. Backed by energetic acoustics, the chorus continues this thought by highlighting the struggles of being a young adult, and what happens when adolescents angst decides to stay around, notably stating that it’s like a “pen stuck to the last page.” Any audiences looking for impactful writing should look no further, as “Coming of Age” showcases this and so much more.