Young & Sick – “Ojai”
Among Nick van Hofwegen’s achievements since we named his project Young & Sick a Band To Watch in 2014: The now L.A.-based musician and visual artist collaborated with former Le Tigre member JD Samson on the synthpop project SHARER, designed a gigantic mural for Foster The People, and co-wrote/produced Charli XCX’s “Caught In The Middle.”
Today he’s back with a new Young & Sick song from an upcoming 7″ single. “Ojai,” presumably referring to the small California city, grows from a grounded piano opening into a full-on dance jam with retro synth and slapping bass. Within it all, Hofwegen sings ever-relatable, harmony-rich lines: “Four more minutes ‘til the sunrise, but I’m not ready/ Damn you, time.” Damn you, indeed.