Well-known music producer Jacob Olofsson has shared the hand-animated video for ‘Paloma Blanca’, his third release under the Olovson alias. The video is illustrated, animated and directed by creative visual artist María Medem. The single is taken from his upcoming album, slated for release early 2022 via his own imprint 1136 Diamond. Sian Eleri previously supported ‘Paloma Blanca‘ on BBC Radio Cymru (sitting in for Huw Stephens) and the song received further support from Metal Magazine and CLOUT. The video for his previous single, ‘Gyroscope’ has been included in the official selections for both Encounters Film Festival’s as well as the London International Film Festival. The single was supported by CLASH Magazine and was played on BBC Radio 3’s “Night Tracks” by Hannah Peel. Olovson’s debut single, ‘Books Are Flying’ also received airplay from BBC Radio 6’s Nemone, sitting in for Shaun Keaveny as well as Rolling Stone India. He received further radio play from Planet Radio’s Scala Radio’s Alexis French.
WATCH: Olovson – ‘Paloma Blanca’
Jacob Olofsson is known for being one half of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling production duo Jarami. During this time he worked with industry mammoths such as Frank Ocean, Dua Lipa, Mark Ronson, Diplo, Silk City and Camila Cabello. Jarami’s work has frequently been supported by tastemaker publications such as Billboard, Complex, The Fader, Clash Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, and The Face amongst others as well as radio play from BBC 1 Xtra’s Jamz Supernova and support from BBC Radio 6’s Gilles Peterson.
While coming from Stockholm, Sweden, Olovson currently counts both Stockholm and Los Angeles as his home, travelling between the two. As he embarks on a new journey, his new style draws references from nostalgic, romantic classical pieces blended with Swedish folk melodies to the free and improvised moments of jazz.
The Sevilla-based illustrator María Medem contrasts bold colours against delicate brushstrokes of neo-classical piano tones, highlighting the sense of adventure and wonder found within a child allowing their imagination to lead the way. Known for a set of illustrations for The New York Times’ digital republishing of Kaveh Akbar’s poem, The Palace, the artist uses her signature broad lines and bold shapes to showcase the whimsical elements of Olovson’s unique work.
Speaking of the video for ‘Paloma Blanca’, Olovson shares: “This story is about a young girl who spends her days creating origami birds and paper planes. Her biggest wish is for one of her creations to come to life. Maybe it would… If it was folded just perfectly. I have been a big admirer of María Medem’s art and storytelling for a long time so working together on the video for Paloma Blanca has been incredible. Her vivid colours and imagery flows seamlessly with the music and makes me believe in magic.”