Bri Oglu has released her new EP titled ‘Somewhere Else’. Subtly gritty with that angelic soul vocal giving us a bit of old-school, we get shades of Bri in different aspects of talent with said soulful vocals lending a hand and heart to those who listen and eventually follow.
A standout, for me, is her cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’. This is Definity a reimage of a classic that treads new ground while respecting the hallowed ground this song resides. I also say this, for different reasons for the re-interpretation of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’. It’s a bold move to cover these tracks. They’re already signature. But it works well, in this case. We get something totally new with each track. Respecting the artist by flavoring their work with your soul. This is what a true artist does. Reinvents.
About ‘Somewhere Else’
Somewhere Else is the final chapter after the successful release of her previous four singles. “Slowly,” “Enough,” and her epic covers of “Dream On” and “Genie in a Bottle,” were Bri Oglu’s introduction to this world, and she has truly laid the foundation for this EP to make waves. The EP features an unreleased Soundgarden cover and a new original track, “#1.” “#1” shows the struggle of watching someone you love choose another person when you know it’s over, but there is still a sense of possession. Her powerful vocals mixed with booming instrumentation piece this track together perfectly.
The soulful pop singer says she wrote this EP as a way to escape the world around here. “This EP was a product of the pandemic,” Oglu explains. “It was something to focus my attention on and look forward to when the live music scene shut down. It was the ‘somewhere else’ in my head, a compilation of songs written when I was anything but present, and my escape.” Featuring lyrics such as, “even though it’s not about you, I just don’t wanna be replaced” Oglu is really opening her heart and mind within these six tracks. With unique and cinematic production from Will Snyder and mixing by Tim Latham (Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas), it is no doubt this EP will impress.
Bri Oglu grew up listening to pop icons like Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Shania Twain but found comfort in rock, soul, and jazz as well. Her background in musical theater and growing up singing along to radio hits lead Oglu to always have a deep passion for singing. Having roots in acting and theater lead her music to have cinematic qualities to them that visualize the stories behind her music. Her music has been praised by CelebMix, PopWrapped, Naluda Magazine, LA Music Review, and more. She has racked up over 53K streams on Spotify, an impressive feat for an artist who only debuted over the summer.
Making her mark with her debut EP, Bri Oglu is setting the perfect tone for the rest of her career with Somewhere Else. Filled with unique styling, lyricism, and vocals, Bri Oglu is an artist to watch.
About Bri Oglu
Bri Oglu is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and cinematic pop artist. Her love for singing and music of almost any genre under the sun shone through from a young age and carries into her work today as she possesses the ability to create versatile songs that showcase the varying textures of her voice and her multiple influences from her youth.
Bri’s childhood was suspended between two musical worlds: her mother’s midwestern roots of country and pop, and her father and adoptive mother’s love of classic rock, 80s music, and jazz. She spent her younger years writing songs and emulating the artists she heard on the radio and around the house: Ann Wilson (Heart), Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Dido to name a few. In high school, she joined chorus, theatre and a local gospel choir. She fell in love with the visceral sounds of Idina Menzel as well as a high school sweetheart who introduced her to metal and alt-rock.
After school, she moved to Los Angeles to initially pursue acting due to the intimidating, robust nature of the music scene. While working at a karaoke bar and gigging around town, she was exposed to jazz and soul music, adding the final ingredient to her diversely influenced sound. Her path led her back to her ultimate passion in music, and she has continued to pursue her career as an artist ever since. When venues shut down during the pandemic, Bri focused on writing and recording her 6-track EP, Somewhere Else. The collection showcases her sultry, but powerful voice and pairs with a cinematic pop production style crafted by artist / producer Will Snyder.
Feature image by Emmanuelle Yang.