Albany-based musician Arielle O'Keefe was raised on a diet of "classical piano, choir music, hip-hop and Ani Difranco," and under the moniker of Girl Blue, she creates music that possesses equal parts synth-pop and singer-songwriter tendencies. Personal history is prime capital for her songs, where she creates an intimate glimpse into a life filled with love, heartache, unjust social expectations and the desire to reach beyond what's offered and discover a deeper emotional reality.
On her new single, "Lolita," she grapples with the ideas of innocence and adolescence, of that time when the world's leering eyes begin to invade personal space and unwanted expectations are suddenly thrust upon young girls. Using Nabokov's novel as inspiration, she fashions a synth-washed narrative of fighting back against assumptions while combating the pressures of a society that has become obsessed over the "youth=sex" ideology. Imbued with dreamy melodies and muted hues of pop elasticity, the song has the consistency of a half-remembered dream but retains the fierce resolve of human instinct.
O'Keefe finds the perfect balance between opaque musicality and aching lyricism, demanding change while surrounding this concrete sentiment with swirling synth movements. Her voice both accuses and pleads for understanding while maintaining a strong show of force when it comes to defending the right of a girl to be young without having to bow to outside influence and insinuation. The song rises to meet the world's gaze, ending with a stirring push for strength and determination in the face of these ever-encroaching obstacles.