Pop/soul singer-songwriter Alma just released her new single, “Oh, K,” from her forthcoming project The Travel Size EP, set to release in 2016. Originally from Wisconsin, Alma is a DIY artist who writes, records and arranges her own music, and has garnered attention from outlets including The Modern Folk, Ladywood, The Columbia Chronicle, JazzChill and more!
We had the chance to talk to Alma about the sassy single “Oh, K” and the inspiration behind the song. Read what she had to say below.
“I wrote ‘Oh, K’ on the heels of moving to Los Angeles a year ago. While learning the ins and outs of a city populated by so many creatives, I was frustrated to realize that many of us were only interested in talking to one another for the sake of our own careers.
Things came to a head one night when I got a text from an old friend—well, I use that term loosely—who seemed excited to reconnect. Though I would’ve loved to spend time with this person for the sake of it, it was immediately clear that all he wanted was another reliable singer in his Rolodex. I don’t work like that; people are always more important than music.
Instead of replying to the text, I got out my ukulele and wrote ‘Oh, K.’ The folky style wasn’t quite what I was used to, but I had a lot of fun playing around with the background vocals and hand percussion.
The song has a lot of snarky lines, but my favorite might be ‘You come back into frame after days of forgetting my name; now you’re suddenly my best friend.’ Even if you’re not in the entertainment industry, you probably know what it’s like to be cozied up to under false pretenses. It never feels good to know that someone is faking a ‘how are you’ just to use you as a stepping stone.”