Queer singer-songwriter Olive Klug signs with Nettwerk + shares “Out of Line” single

November 18, 2022 BY Jason Currell

Today, Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of LA-via-Portland queer singer-songwriter Olive Klug (they/them). A key player in the new wave of contemporary folk artists, Olive Klug is known for their beautiful tone, vividly honest storytelling, and modern lyrical sensibility. Their style takes inspiration from genre icons like Joni Mitchell and Brandi Carlile as well as modern favorites like Lizzy McAlpine and Adrianne Lenker. In conjunction with their signing to Nettwerk, Olive Klug shares their new single “Out of Line.”

Olive is a storyteller first and their unique take on the misleading childhood advice of the ‘American Dream’ is on full display with “Out of Line.” Additionally, the rebellious acoustic effort was heavily influenced by the plight of 2020 (racist/homophobic/misogynistic president alongside the emotional distress of the global pandemic). Sonically, “Out of Line” embodies a homey, indie-folk atmosphere that’s driven by bittersweet lyricism and simple instrumentation. The track’s production expands beyond its ballad perimeters with a group sing-along towards the end of this magnetic song.

Olive Klug shares this about their new single: “‘Out of Line’ is a song about unlearning the rules you’ve been taught and deciding to write your own. Throughout childhood, we’re told the right way to do things, the right way to ‘stay in line’ and follow the rules. ‘Out of Line’ is a call to action to question everything you’ve been taught. To question why you’re waiting and what you’re waiting for. It’s a call to experiment with your identity, to make mistakes, and to value joy over practicality.”

Olive Klug joins Nettwerk’s expanding label roster, including artists like Angus & Julia Stone, SYML, Old Sea Brigade, Wild Rivers, Ocie Elliott, and others.

“Out of Line” is available at all digital retailers here: https://oliveklug.ffm.to/outofline 

“Out of Line” lyric video here: https://youtu.be/kH3ujNH_fnY

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Olive Klug currently resides in Los Angeles but was raised in Portland, Oregon. Their upbringing in the Pacific Northwest inspires many parts of their artist project including their self-described ‘Camp Counselor’ aesthetic and their focus on building community with fans. Twenty-five years old but a kid at heart, Olive is making songs on TikTok and displaying a deep sense of sincerity and genuine excitement that has rallied their fans and supporters along the way. Since arriving on the platform in the summer of 2020, Olive Klug’s TikTok fanbase has grown to 148K+ followers with over 2.4M likes across their video content.

Following the success of their TikTok video previews and 2019’s self-released debut EP Fire Alarm, Olive began steadily releasing music in 2021, which included their single “Raining In June” that has accumulated 5M+ streams on Spotify alone. Earlier this year, Olive released their single “Self Help,” a bittersweet tear-jerker about personal growth. These handful of songs from the past two years chronicle Olive’s struggle to make sense of a senseless world and reflects their experience with queer identity, ambivalence in romantic relationships, and the difficulties to establish adulthood in unprecedented times.

Olive is currently gearing up to release their debut album in summer 2023 via Nettwerk. It’s a free-spirited, post-adolescence record about the uncertainty of the path less traveled by, choosing freedom over conformity, and allowing oneself to make mistakes.