It’s easy to be manipulated into believing others opinions matter. But Serin Oh is overcoming those destructive thoughts, especially the ones she’s breeding on her own. In her new song “mm+i,” meaning “me, myself, and I,” Serin Oh takes a deep dive into dark pop as she sorts through these judgments.
The tune’s moody soundscape consists of evocative production and stirring backing vocals that will leave you in a dark reverie. The lyrics emphasize these features and the chorus is particularly drowning in ear candy. You can’t help but enjoy sliding into that half step at the end of the melancholic phrase “always has been me, myself, and I.” The song was bred out of Oh’s personal experiences, saying:
“mm+i (me, myself, and i) is and was a way for me to deal with the inner voices telling me that it is me against the world. […] Growing up in the suburban midwest of the US, I looked different from every one of my classmates. As a defense mechanism, I realized that I had developed an outlook of the world in which I felt victimized and isolated. My hope with this song is to let the listener become the main character of the story and the narrator of their own life, and in doing so, liberate ourselves from our own judgments.”
Born in Suwon, South Korea, Serin Oh moved to Ohio with her family at the age of six. Growing up in church, she was surrounded by gospel music in her formative years. During her time at Berklee College of Music, she dove further into her passion for jazz and r&b, whilst also rediscovering her Korean roots through the lens of K-Pop. However, it wasn’t until she moved to Valencia, Spain for a postgraduate course that her search finally came to fruition. Here she met her long-time collaborator and sole producer Luke Helder – a film composer hailing from the UK, and together the duo began working tirelessly on bringing the musical world of serin oh to life. She hopes to uplift third culture kids in the creative world through her music, especially fellow Asian Americans.