Bluebiird is more than just an actor-turned-singer. The artist – known to most as Emily Osment – has been involved in film and TV since a young age, having starred in a handful of Disney productions and more recently sporting recurring roles in The Kominsky Method and Mom. Though the artist released a pair of albums under her birth name in the late 2000s, Osment has flown under the radar of the music industry for the last decade or so, focusing mostly on her dramatic pursuits. But no longer. After a decade of silence, Bluebiird marks the rebirth of Osment as a vocalist, more mature, worldly, and refined. Nothing exhibits this transformation better than her most recent single, “Good Girl.”
“Good Girl” arrives in the wake of two singles released by Osment this year under the moniker Bluebiird, “Sailor” and “Black Morning Coffee.” While the previous tracks utilize production techniques more typical of modern pop, “Good Girl” presents a breathtakingly stripped approach to pop storytelling. The track’s sole instrumentation beyond Osment’s own voice is a supple acoustic guitar laying out a feathery chord progression, leaving an open canvas on which the artist paints her immaculate vocals. Unpolluted by excess production, Bluebiird demonstrates a broad range of power and delicacy as she flits effortlessly between notes, establishing that she has the vocals to justify her namesake.
Thematically, “Good Girl” is about the painful longing that comes when experiencing unrequited love. Bluebiird explains further,
“I find the words come quicker as soon as I am honest with myself about how I’ve been feeling, and ‘Good Girl’ came from a very raw place. I was tired of going out looking for something I thought I already had and lost. I thought if I changed something about myself, if I tried harder, if I was somehow a different me overnight, this person would change their mind. But in the end, why would you ever want someone who only wants parts of you? Turn around and look from a different angle and you might find someone who wants you just the way you are. It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how you you can be.”
Bluebiird’s debut EP, scheduled to release later this year, sees Osment collaborate with a handful of established industry professionals, such as Zac Rae of Death Cab for Cutie. Be on the lookout for Bluebiird’s full project, but in the meantime, check out an exclusive first look at “Good Girl” here: