Abbie Ozard secured her style in EP Water Based Lullabies, where we were introduced to her soft, hazy sound. Sincere and gentle vocals feel like being told a secret, which pushes the intention behind her new single ‘ford (drive)’
Released via record label House Anxiety, ‘ford (drive)’ has been branded by Ozard as “an ode to fellow oversharers”. She explained the inspiration behind the single as the underlying insecurity of worrying you’re being too much, but still wanting to revel in the euphoria of feeling so at home with someone that you feel like you can share anything.
Despite Ozard’s cool and confident style, ‘ford (drive)’ has definitely earnt its place on my sad girl playlist. Abbie Ozard’s lyrics and sound combined are affecting in a similar way to Wolf Alice, pouring your heart out, but with an edge. “Please drive me where you want, but not to breaking point” hits home with the notion of wondering if you should change yourself to keep someone close. This is closely followed by “we can turn it down if you want but don’t turn it off” in Ozard’s growing collection of kick-to-the-stomach lyrics. Although ‘ford (drive)’ is a lofi vibe, it will also succeed in devastating anyone who has worried they’re not their favourite person’s favourite person.
‘ford (drive)’ reflects on the feelings of doubt and vulnerability that come hand in hand with finding safety in another person. Ozard described it as “a love song but with a twist of angst”, which perfectly sums up how it feels to open yourself up as an overthinker. After all, love is pain, or potentially could be. The single feels extremely nostalgic and radiates the happy-sad feeling that accompanies this.
‘ford (drive)’ has been released ahead of Abbie Ozard’s biggest headline tour to date, so if you’re into simultaneously dancing and crying, check out the dates here:
|Wed 30 Nov 22||UK||Nottingham||Bodega|
|Thu 01 Dec 22||UK||Glasgow||The Attic|
|Fri 02 Dec 22||UK||Leeds||Hyde Park Book Club|
|Sat 03 Dec 22||UK||Liverpool||Kazimer Stockroom|
|Mon 05 Dec 22||UK||Bristol||The Louisiana|
|Tue 06 Dec 22||UK||Brighton||Komedia Studio|
|Wed 07 Dec 22||UK||London||Colours|
|Fri 09 Dec 22||UK||Newcastle||Bobiks|
|Sat 10 Dec 22||UK||Manchester||YES (Pink Room)|
Listen/watch ‘ford (drive)’ here: