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At first glance, her latest single is fun, light on its feet and follows the well-worn architecture of radio-play songs. But underneath its facade, Oxygen is a modern chant that hides an urgent question: What does it mean to breathe? What does it mean to be alive?
“We often take for granted the atmospheric harmony that allows the human condition to exist,” Brooks said to the crowd at the Near Future Summit on October 12th, “The lyrics of this song try to understand that. Oxygen asks listeners what it means to rely on air and how crucial it is to our ability to survive.”
The indie electronic single opens with a poppy light-heartedness and encourages a large inhale from its listeners. In the second verse, Brooks raises her voice and the tone gets darker. She tackles the reality of carbon based life– born into an addiction to the natural world. How does one live in moderation when they have no other choice?
On October 12th, LA artist and producer previewed her upcoming single, Oxygen, at the Near Future Summit following performances from Aloe Blacc and Rachel Platten. An incubator for environmental activists, climate futurists, and entrepreneurs, Near Future showcased Brooks’ song because of its commentary on the natural world, humanity’s primal addiction to air, and what it feels like to be alive in the 21st century. On Wednesday, October 26th she performed her first public show at Adults Only in West Hollywood through Breaking Sound, previewing the single once again.