t has been a while since I have written a music review but I am back with one hell of a banger.
If you follow my reviews, then you will know that I reviewed dodie’s first EP a couple of month ago. Since then she has released another EP featuring 6 songs that are purely awesome!
The EP was released August 11th and I have been obsessed with it since day one and so has every one else with the EP reaching number 6 in the Official Album Charts!
The first song on the EP is called “In the Middle” and it is a catchy bop about the idea of a threesome. The song has a constant fast yet delicate beat throughout it with heavier drums and beats coming in and out creating different and brilliant tempos and energies. I absolutely adore how this song ebbs and flows as well as how the song builds right in the middle (lol) with amazing layers of harmonisation. It is just a great bop.
“6/10” is much more stripped back compared to the previous song. It is just dodie, a piano and a hint of strings that make the song swell and more emotional. It is a very emotional song within its lyrics – describing that feeling of not feeling good enough for the people in your life and thoughts feeling clouding your own judgement of those people and yourself. Again, I love how this song builds right in the middle with layers of different lyrics overlapping each other – with these lines sung but some of dodie’s fans, which I think is a lovely touch.
My favourite song on the whole EP has to be the title track. This song has a warm, Parisian style to it with a deep ukulele running throughout the song mixed with oohs and ahhs as well as a constant brushing of a rhythmic drum. The main reason I love this song is because of its lyrics and their melody. It is about being heartbroken by someone who was bad for you in the first place. I just love how the lyrics roll off the tongue when you sing along.
“Secret for the Mad” is another bare and emotional song. It consists of vocals and an almost ear-numbing piano beat which I think really clever considering what the lyrics of this song is about. The song s like a message to someone who is going through a bad time that things will be better one day even if you don’t believe that right now – dodie has even said the she initially wrote the song for a friend that was going through this. I adore the vocal arrangements in this song because again there are a lot of vocal layers making the song swell as they become more intense, making the track even more emotional.
The final full song on the EP is “Would You Be So Kind” and it is another favourite of mine. This is a bittersweet love song and again I think another message for that person that you have feelings for. The instrumentation of this song has a hopeful and upbeat vibe whereas the lyrics has a slight darkness to them, especially in the verses, as they describe the pain you can feel when the person you like doesn’t like you back. I also love singing along to this one because again I feel that the words are arranged in a way where they just roll off the tongue.
There is also a 50 second instrumental places at the halfway point of this EP which I think it is a lovely yet unusual touch. Every time I listen to it I hear more and more of the melody of “Intertwined” – a single from her first EP – which makes me love is even more. Dodie has said herself that she was inspired by the music from La La Land when creating this beautiful piece of music – and you can definitely tell.
This is another wonderful EP from dodie. I totally recommend her music to anyone. I love her delicate voice and the rawness and emotion that comes through in her lyrics and I can never get enough of the vocal harmonising she creates. Go give it a listen.