Singled Out: Olive + Harrison's Can't Communicate

Olive Harrison

Pop duo Olive + Harrison (Olivia Handler and Harrison Forbes) recently released their debut single "Can't Communicate" and to celebrate we asked Olive to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Can't Communicate was inspired by all of the frustrations and feelings that come along with feeling like I'm unable to communicate. Writing this song, I had an extremely hard time being honest with myself because I was so scared that If I was honest and said what I was really feeling out loud, it would make it real. I had an overwhelming feeling of guilt writing this song because I had to acknowledge a disconnect between my best friend and I. My best friend, and love of my life who had gone through thick and thin with me and showed more unwavering support then I had ever experienced and I was unhappy and had never felt more alone. It was terrifying. It's like having everything you've ever known and believed in getting shaken up and just trying to rewind and feel happy again. It's hard to open up and be vulnerable when you lack that sense of connection. We both were in a place where we were unable to effectively communicate what we were feeling and so we would just sit and watch a show and carry on our day in the same space without making any genuine human connection. When you're with someone for a while, a lot can get taken for granted. You stop wanting to learn about each other, and you get comfortable and you just don't make that same effort to connect and understand how the other person feels or sees things. In my head during this time, all that I could think about were of all the memories and amazing moments we shared in life, and I kept wondering how on earth we got to where we were and was scared we would never feel that way towards each other again. All I wanted to do was tear my head open and feel. The lyrics focused on objects and movements because at the time, it was the best way I knew how to communicate. Language felt impossible to use because we weren't speaking the same one so I clung to physical representations of our emotions and relationship and it helped me to heal and learn. In the music video, we focused on only the good memories and things that are actually true to us in our relationship to represent all the moments we both clung to to get through it. There's nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to falling apart with someone, it allows you to finally fall back together. I'm grateful that I have someone in life to experience everything with because It's not always going to be perfect but we'll always remember when communication breaks down, that we're on the same team. We both want the same things. We both want to see each other happy in life. Filming the scene in my head and breaking out of my head was beyond satisfying and needed because you never get to do it that way in real life. It felt like a long time coming, but everything takes time and patience, and a bit of communication.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself here and learn more about the duo right here!

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