By Samuel Stevens
Release Date: October 9, 2020
Genre: Indie Pop, Folk
Label: Oh My Records
The Ottawa, Ontario-based American-Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Akeem Oh (Ouellet) has released his brand new single, “School Girl.” The new single was written about a close friend of Akeem’s who is described as an ambitious artist herself, who’s making her way through the many challenges of early adulthood. The entire track was written, recorded, with all if its instruments performed, and finally, produced by Akeem himself. The single was mixed and mastered by Philip Shaw Bova (Feist, Bahamas) at Bova Sound Lab.
“School Girl” is off his forthcoming EP set for release in 2021, and released off his Oh My Records imprint. Which is certainly sure to be a hit far and wide. His previous single “Winter Crush” was released two years ago and was well distinguished as well. “Winter Crush” was named one of the “Top 3 New Ontario Songs You Need To Hear” by the CBC. “Winter Crush” was also featured in the Ottawa Run Marathon campaign videos and his musical work has been featured in multiple television movies for the channels Lifetime, Hallmark, and ION Television.
Musically, Akeem’s new single “School Girl” is a sincere indie-pop folk ballad featuring his signature calm, immensely emotional falsetto, subtle strumming of the guitar, slight layering of piano, a splash of backing vocal harmonies, and a touch of percussion to round it all out. All of which are performed by Akeem himself. Also, “School Girl” sounds like something of The Beatles and Paul McCartney. That in fact, Akeem draws many of its music traits from The Beatles, Paul McCartney and other hard-hitting artists such as Beck and Iron & Wine.