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Olivia O'Brien Ends Her "Sad Fucking Summer" With A Micro-Mixtape

The two-track release is an ode to getting over your ex

Olivia O'Brien just shared her first micro-mixtape with the world, and it's the perfect throwback to summer loves and heartbreaks as we brace for their wintery counterparts. Aptly titled It Was A Sad Fucking Summer, the tape offers up two songs, one upbeat and one more brooding, both centered around the bitter end of a relationship.

On "Sad Songs In The Summer," O'Brien lists off the ex-associated things she can't do anymore, like listening to Tame Impala and drinking vodka. It's a sunny song despite being rooted in fresh wounds; O'Brien lets bittersweet nostalgia anchor the sound rather than her current emotional state. She saved that sadness for "Almost In Love," the real cry-your-eyes-out option of the two tracks. Listening to the pair back-to-back is the emotional equivalent of bumping into your ex, playing nice, and then sobbing on the Uber ride home.

"I am so excited to release my first micro-mixtape and continue to be able to express myself creatively in this new way," O'Brien told NYLON. "I've never done anything like this. At first I was afraid that people wouldn't understand my idea/vision, but now the fear has subsided and I am simply looking forward to sharing these little pieces of my life and emotions with the world."

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By dropping her releases into mini mixtapes rather than as singles leading up to an album — grazing on snacks throughout the day as opposed to carbo-loading, if you will — O'Brien has found a process of sharing music with her fans that feels most natural to her. "I always felt a lot of pressure in trying to make a larger cohesive project like an album, because I am inspired by a lot of different types of music and constantly growing/changing in my life as well as my sound," she said. "It's also a quicker process to not have to wait until 10 to 15 songs are perfectly finished in order to release them. I want to be able to release my music while I am still excited about it, before it has been sitting in a Dropbox folder for a year and a half and I've already started making music I like more, that sounds different," she added.

Listen to It Was A Sad Fucking Summer below.