Olivia Rodrigo has unveiled her latest single “Vampire,” serving as the lead track from her upcoming sophomore album titled GUTS, which she recently announced and is scheduled for release in September. In a press release, Rodrigo expressed that this album centers around the challenges of growth and self-discovery during this stage of her life.
She described the period between the ages of 18 and 20 as intensely transformative and filled with awkwardness. She believes that these experiences are a natural part of personal development, and she hopes that the album will reflect that sentiment. Producer Dan Nigro collaborated with Rodrigo once again on this project.
Following the success of her debut album Sour in 2021, which solidified her presence as a formidable pop artist, Rodrigo is making her comeback with “Vampire.” Sour produced two chart-topping singles and several other top 10 hits, leading to Rodrigo winning three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Olivia Rodrigo shared insights about both “Vampire” and the album’s title, GUTS. She mentioned that she wrote the song on the piano in a relaxed manner in December of the previous year.
Together with producer Dan, Olivia Rodrigo completed the songwriting process in January. Rodrigo expressed her fascination with songs that exhibit dynamic range, with highs and lows that captivate and immerse listeners. Their intention was to create a song that progressively builds up, reflecting the pent-up anger felt towards a particular situation.
Rodrigo revealed that she had the title GUTS in mind for a long time, even during the creation of her debut album SOUR. She wanted her next album to be called GUTS, envisioning it as a four-letter, all-caps title, similar to SOUR.
She finds the word intriguing because of its various contexts in everyday language. It can signify vulnerability, as in “spill your guts,” or disdain, as in “hate your guts.” Additionally, the word represents bravery and intuition, as in the phrase “listen to your gut.” Rodrigo finds these different connotations of GUTS aligned with her current artistic exploration and personal reflections.