Another EP review from a YouTuber but I couldn’t not share with you the glory of dodie’s music. I have never really followed dodie’s music before now, but when her EP was recommended to me on my Spotify after listening to Emma Blackery’s new EP, I gave it a gander and I have been hooked ever since.
The record features 4 full length songs and 2 ditties – which I find strange yet brilliantly unique to the EP. Each song is instrumentally gorgeous with different meaningful messages hidden – actually, more like on full display within the lyrics, sang with delicate yet emotional vocals.
The title track to this EP is a slow and sombre one that portrays a relationship from the perspective of a person with mental illness of some kind and how the mind can easily turn good things into bad in your own head. There are so many layers to these beautifully emotive lyrics that I simply cannot dissect in this blog post. The vocal performance in this track also helps tell the story of the song. Her voice is light and delicate at the beginning where the lyrics portray safety and happiness; but then as the lyrics become more dark and emotional her voices gets bigger, adding to the obvious emotion in the song. This song has inspired me so much that the filmmaker in me has a shot-for-shot music video idea my head that I am now itching to make.
The first 40 second ditty on this EP is called "There's a Hole in My Tooth (and My Dentist is Shut)" and it is literally a fun little tune about having a hole in your tooth and your dentist being shut and the worries about whether or not you'll still be able to have sugar in your tea. The instrumentation is really fun with a thumping electronic drum beat paired with a funky bass and a hint of flutes here and there.
The second ditty is just over half the length but it has a more meaningful message. It is called "Life Lesson" and it is like a little reminder to always live life to the full no matter how hard or scary it is. I adore this 22 second tune because of this. Despite its extremely short length, there are a lot of layers to the mix of the song. An acoustic guitar paired with harmonising vocal "oohs" as well as dodie's voice getting more passionate as the tune progresses.
"Absolutely Smitten" is the most upbeat song on the EP and is a favourite of mine. It is one of those love songs that portrays the story of the first meeting and how they are absolutely smitten with each other. The narrative of the song goes from third person to first person in the last third of the song which I think is a really clever thing to do. I adore the different mix of instruments used to create this song. Its base is a fun and fast ukulele then the song is layered with playful xylophone and catchy tambourines making the track a playful bop of a tune.
"Sick of Losing Soulmates" is another meaningful track that I adore ever so much. It is a sad one but it also has a sense of slight optimism for me. The song is about being fed up of losing people that you love as well as it being about being in love with someone who are just as scared as you about getting close to each other in case of losing them. This one broke me on the first listen - especially during the bridge, not only because of the very raw lyrics but because of the deep electric guitar twangs within each line which added to the emotion of this slow acoustic based song.
My absolute favourite track from the entire EP is the very last track on it titled "When". Another song that broke me during the first listen but not only that, on the second, third, fourth and fifth listen I was in tears. This lyrics are so beautifully emotional and relatable. They portray that sinking feeling of waiting – waiting for life to treat you kindly, waiting to fall in love with someone – and the feeling of being stuck in the past and feeling like your best days have already passed. The way the lyrics are written is purely brilliant, full of meaningful metaphors that just sums up all these feelings. The instrumentation is just as brilliantly beautiful as the lyrics with a delicate piano teamed with a swelling cello and violin which added to my brokenness! I simply adore this one.
dodie's music is so soft and simple but heartbreakingly wonderful. She can get you up bopping and dancing or bring you crashing down to reality with such powerful lyrics, turning you into a snotty, weepy mess – but this is a good thing, who doesn't need a good cry from time to time!