ojai cover young & sick

You may recognize Young & Sick, the musical project of Dutch artist Nick van Hofwegen, from his self-titled 2014 album.

Or it’s possible you’re better acquainted with Nick’s other accomplishments, such as his designs for Foster The People‘s TorchesMaroon 5‘s Overexposed, and Mikky Ekko‘s “Kids.” He’s also dabbled in the fashion industry with designs and collaborations for MeUndies and Rag & Bone. If none of those ring a bell, he’s also credited with co-writing “Caught in the Middle” for Charlie XCX.

Impressed yet? Hold on to your horses, we’re not done yet.

After a three year break from his solo music project, Young & Sick is back with an upbeat anthem with tons of retro synth. It’s about a small town called Ojai, California.

“I was staying at a hotel there called The Rancho. I just had a few drinks and I was in the sun, and I just let a very apparent feeling hit myself, hit me. I got to make a song about taking too much on your plate and how that affects you and how you can have, like, a micro-meltdown because you’ve put too much on yourself.”

You can listen here:

And watch the song’s flip book here:

It’s the perfect return and we can’t wait to hear more from his next album!

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