Wednesday, January 12 2022

This piano sequence on Olivia Rodrigo’s “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” sounded so familiar the first seven hundred times you listened to it, isn’t it? Once it was revealed that the song, taken from his debut album Sour, interpolated by Taylor Swift Reputation “New Year’s Day” track, the world made sense again. Now Olivia explains how the choice to play Taylor’s song came about.

As noted by Uproxx, Olivia visited The Zach Sang Show and discussed using “New Year’s Day” for her song. “We interpolated ‘New Years Day,’ which is Taylor’s song from Reputation. I came up with the concept of ‘1 Step Forward’ and kind of wrote a verse and a chorus … “explained Olivia. Of the ‘New Years’ chords. I think those are really nice chords. . I was fortunate enough to get this approved, and it is now on record. “

If you’re unfamiliar with something, interpolating means inserting an existing song – in this case the “NYD” chords – into something else. It’s different from a sample because it’s not taken directly from the song itself; “1 Step Forward” re-records chords in a lowered fashion so that they sound like Taylor’s, but not exactly the same.

Fans thought there might be something between Olivia and Taylor when it was revealed that Taylor and collaborator Jack Antonoff were credited on Sour, and the whole track “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” seems to indirectly refer to Tay’s lucky number, 13. The two have become friendly over the past year, with Taylor giving Olivia a ring like the one she was wearing. ‘she wore while writing Red.

While “1 Step Forward” interpolates Taylor’s song, the two tracks have very different themes; Tay’s is a sweet love song and Olivia’s is about a dysfunctional relationship where you never know where you are at. “I really loved this concept of ‘1 step forward, 3 steps back.’ Someone texted it to me once, and I was like, ‘Ooh, this is really interesting. I’ve never heard someone say something like that, ”explained Olivia of the inspiration behind the song. “I thought that would be a good way to describe this toxic and manipulative relationship. The two songs can differ in a number of ways, but it feels like we’re getting closer to a duet or a collaboration between Olivia and Taylor!

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