Kayla Oh – “See Through”


New York-based artist Kayla Oh navigates heartbreak with an emotive pop allure on “See Through,” admitting “I still love her,” amidst a desire to move on. The track resonates with its range of heartrending confessions and melodic pop production.

Understated guitar twangs and lush vocals build into a melancholic “only you,” longing, driving into an irresistible chorus — “you’re the screenplay on my eyelids,” the artist lets out here, exuding a dreamier yearning compared to the more debonair verses. “What’s the cover if it’s see through?” the vocals ask.

The following verses suggest a coming-to-terms with a relationship’s demise, while also acknowledging a pain that still lingers. The “see through,” reference applies to the doubtful truth of having gotten over it, even as those aspirations play strongly. “See Through” is a gripping pop success, with powerful lyrics that convey the enduring impact of a past love.

Kayla Oh elaborates on the track’s themes and creative process:

“I wrote ‘See Through’ about a relationship that ended right before we both went to college. It delves into that confusing feeling you experience when trying to move on from a person, where one moment it feels like you’ve fully healed and the next it feels like you’ve taken 10 steps backwards. At the time that I wrote the song, I was kept incredibly busy by the adjustment period that is starting college, and felt as if I’d healed from the breakup.”

“The truth was, I had never really processed my heartbreak- and the healing I thought I’d felt was just the relief of being distracted. Writing ‘See Through’ was the first time I admitted to myself that I wasn’t as put together as I hoped to be. The result was a cathartic confession, and some of my most stark and relatable writing. Though I’ve come a long way in my healing since I wrote this song, I’m still really proud of what I was able to articulate then and hope the vulnerability I tapped into consoles listeners like it did for me.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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