San Diego’s Simon XO recently released his new single “Over and Out,” a dynamic pop-rock song that examines the most insidious 21st-century ailment: anxiety. Simon emotively croons, “every dream’s a nightmare,” before detonating the sweet release of the song’s stadium-singalong hook: “I guess you found me out/I guess it’s over now.” As hopeful electronic chimes twinkle and pitch-shifted vocal shadows menace from the corners of the song, Simon XO inspires with his unique blueprint of melody-heavy catharsis. Authentic, honest, raw, and sincere Simon XO’s keen songwriting ability and undeniable talent.
Brimming with a musical talent far beyond his 24 years and being preternaturally gifted with an ear for a great vocal hook, Simon XO can’t help but wear his heart on his sleeve. Raised on a selection of musical greats as diverse as Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, Wilco, Kendrick Lamar, and Nirvana, the San Diego singer-songwriter got his start playing along to records on his trombone, eventually getting accepted into USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music and majoring in popular music. From there, fueled and inspired by his hero Neil Young’s uncompromising artistic vision, Simon decided that his musical mandate would forever bear witness to a warm, winsome honesty and encouraging his fans with his recounting of instantly relatable life experiences.