We sink our teeth into Olivia Rodrigo’s latest track, ‘Vampire.’
Does it live up to the hype? Our Olivia Rodrigo reaction video dissects the melodies, lyrics, and the undead charm that’s taking over the airwaves.
Olivia Rodrigo’s new song “Vampire” was released on June 30, 2023, as the lead single from her second studio album titled “Guts”. This pop rock tune, co-written by Rodrigo and its producer Dan Nigro, is notable for its piano-driven sound, enriched with electric guitars, synthesizers, and programmed drums. The song is 3 minutes and 39 seconds long and features a goth-esque pop and pop rock style, starting as a piano ballad and eventually transforming into a dramatic pop-rock piece with jittery percussion and emotionally charged vocal runs.
Lyrically, “Vampire” explores themes related to the horrors of a past relationship, with Rodrigo using critical language towards an unidentified person. The song includes lyrics such as “bloodsucker, fame fucker, bleedin’ me dry like a goddamn vampire,” with some variations in the clean version of the song. These lines, along with others like “I should’ve known it was strange you only come out at night,” are indicative of Rodrigo’s exploration of vampire lore as a metaphor for exploitation and manipulation in a relationship, especially one with a significant age difference.
The accompanying music video, directed by Petra Collins, was also released on June 30. It presents an imaginative narrative where Rodrigo performs in an ethereal flower field, which is later revealed to be an awards show stage. The video includes dramatic elements like a falling light hitting Rodrigo, resulting in a severe gash on her shoulder, and a chase scene that ends with her levitating into the night sky. These visuals align with the song’s themes, portraying a sense of vulnerability, tension, and eventual transcendence