Shortly after celebrating their single, “Love You Back” reaching 50k streams, The Odyssey released their newest single, “Lately”. In a brief interview, the band’s Cobey Brown discussed the song.
When describing the song, Brown claimed it was “interpretable”. The song is supposed to be about liking someone but not having the confidence to go after them. However, when recording it, Brown began to change it slightly to have an alternate meaning.
“When I wrote it, it was about an experience I hadn’t had,” he explained. “As we recorded the song, I actually had it.”
Going through the actual experience made him want to incorporate the emotions he felt. So, a double meaning was added; instead of just simply telling a story about a girl, he tries to portray what people show the world versus what they feel inside.
When listening to the song, you can hear this.
The beginning introduces the problem. He feels his “confidence shaking” as he tries to get close to this girl. Yet, at the same time, the song describes the turmoil of emotions spinning inside while he acts like everything is fine on the outside.
Every moment of the song is a big one. The lyrics are powerful and relatable; the melody is catchy and fitting. This apparently was the plan; Brown shared his goal with me of making every fifteen seconds contain something memorable.
The point of doing that is so people can listen to the entirety of the song. Instead of listening for one line or one piece of instrumental or even for just the chorus, he wants people to enjoy every moment of the song.
With “Lately,” I would say he accomplished exactly that. The song is one to be played on repeat; you won’t be able to just listen to it once.
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