The Child-Like Wonder Of Olive Klug’s “Casting Spells”
Growing up and entering adulthood is a difficult transition, with learning how to navigate the stress and worry of taking care of oneself. Along the way, it is easy to lose the excitement and wonder of life many people experience as a child, replaced with a more cynical point of view. Olive Klug’s latest single, “Casting Spells,” perfectly captures that child-like viewpoint of life.
This folk song has a more stripped-back instrumental, focusing on Klug’s expressive vocals and the story told within the lyrics. “Casting Spells” will make the listener want to lie down in the grass on a summer’s day and close their eyes as they soak in the sun’s warmth and the song’s meaning.
Olive describes “Casting Spells” as
“[a track with] sparse acoustic instrumentation and delicate, narrative vocals invit[ing] listeners to bring their inner child along as a passenger in their life’s journey. Prompting both nostalgia and excitement for the present moment, I hope to demonstrate that coming into one’s own autonomy is inherently magical. The song… explores themes of pursuing joy in the face of a bleak world and experiencing the final page of your coming-of-age journey that happens in early
adulthood when you arrive in the driver’s seat of your own life.”
Listen to “Casting Spells” below:
Along with releasing the single, Olive dropped the music video for “Casting Spells.” With its vivid colors and fun nature, the animated music video created by Melissa Ladybug brings the child-like awe and youthful innocence portrayed in the lyrics.
Watch the music video for “Casting Spells” below:
Based in Los Angeles, Olive Klug (they/them) is a key part of the new wave of contemporary folk artists, with their beautiful tone, honest storytelling, and lyrical sensibility. Since their first post on TikTok in the summer of 2020, Olive Klug’s TikTok fanbase has grown to almost 150,000 followers. After their growing success on TikTok, Olive began steadily releasing music in 2021, including their single “Raining In June.” This year, Olive is preparing for the release of their debut album in the summer. The album is a free-spirited, post-adolescence record about the uncertainty of going along the road less traveled and allowing themselves the space to make mistakes.
To stay updated on Olive Klug and their music, follow them on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In the meantime, give their last single, “Parched,” a listen below: