Ode to Olivia Rhodes - Christopher Pellnat
From the album, Liftoff" - chrispellnat.bandcamp.com
This song is inspired by the virtual reality (VR) game, "Lone Echo," played on an Oculus Rift. Olivia Rhodes is a fictional character in the game (she's British, played by the actress Alice Coulthard).
This song is written from the perspective of an artificial intelligence called "Jack" - the robot character you "inhabit" in the game. Olivia has a fully-realized human character, and not just visually in three dimensions. You learn of mysterious secrets in her past, and there is a sadness about her as she yearns for things in life that are out of her reach. Through banter, jokes, and working side by side, she becomes your friend -- this emotional connection is the real surprise for me in VR. When she is in peril, you feel a visceral need to come to her aid.
Of course you know it's all a digital illusion. But the magic of VR happens because the immersive illusion becomes "real" - it kind of sneaks up on you.
The angelic backing vocals are by Brooklyn, NY musician Erin Pellnat.