Just in time for the main character summer of your dreams, Olivia Pasqueralli– better known as Baby O, has released her latest single, “N.G.B.” The Toronto-based musician’s latest anthem celebrates queer authenticity, while encouraging the importance of ‘not going back’ to who you felt you needed to be to please others.
Inspired by her own experiences growing up queer, Baby O expresses that “N.G.B” is an “Anthem for my inner child. It’s very earnest, but I needed to make it so I could move on from the past.”
Through electric guitar riffs that you’ll be humming for hours, matched with bright synths that reflect the energy overflowing from Baby O’s vocals, you can’t help but feel a part of your very own 2000s coming of age movie. The opening lyrics present an honest depiction of the realities of growing up queer, and the frustration of constantly having to please those who wouldn’t think twice about you. However, the infectious vibrancy of the instrumentals creates an atmosphere of pure joy, meant to evoke the happiness of living free and true to yourself. In creating this musical contrast, Baby O represents the highs and lows of the journey to self-acceptance.
“As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned the tough practice of letting go of what isn’t yours and allowing in what is. I hope this song reminds you of how far you’ve come, and how wonderful it is to celebrate all you’ve been, and all you’re becoming.”
With “N.G.B,” Baby O has produced a pop anthem for today’s generation. One that expresses the inner struggles of younger people, but still gives them something to be hopeful for. The insanely catchy instrumentals mesh perfectly with Baby O’s bright tone, giving listeners the perfect upbeat soundtrack to start their day right.
“N.G.B’s” infectious melody seems to pull inspiration from early 2000s pop, while still creating a sound that is entirely its own. It has all the makings of a potential smash hit, undoubtedly a strong indicator of the clear star power Baby O possesses as she continues to establish her own unique sound.
Review by Cassidy Copenheaver