Written By: Michelle Doering
Originality: (5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (4.5 / 5) Average: (4.9 / 5)
Dodie Clark, everyone’s favorite bisexual youtubing crooner, is back at it again with her second EP entitled You.
Needless to say, I’m in love with it.
Part of the reason Dodie racks up millions of views on the web is the same thing that makes her music so irresistible; she resonates with people. Not just any people, mind you, but the young and socially awkward generation as well as the non-heteronormative and the neurodivergent. She constantly speaks her truth about who she is and what she’s feeling, whether that’s crippling anxiety and self-doubt or just a woefully unrequited crush. All of it rings so very true and speaks to her hordes of followers in many different ways.
Now, not to say that this EP is a complete departure from her previous work, but there is definitely a lot more production involved on this one than with her last. Each layered harmony is so achingly beautiful that they make my heart squeeze every single time. Also, the piano and strings on tracks like “6/10” quite literally bring tears to my eyes; believe me when I say, it’s better than the acoustic version on Youtube, which is already flawless.
Another great selling point? That voice! Holy moly can that girl sing like an angel. I mean, we all already knew it, but songs like the title track “You,” with it’s silky smooth vocals and chill lounge-singer vibes, really drive the point home. There’s also the song “Secret for the Mad,” which in addition to sounding incredible, also provides such a powerful message about overcoming anxiety, mental illness, and rough times in your life with the help of your friends and family, even when it seems like nobody could ever possibly understand what you’re going through. In it, she draws almost entirely on her own experiences and pride over making it through low points in her life and in doing so, she provides the perfect hopeful narrative encouraging other people to do the same.
As far as my favorite song goes, I’d have to pick the infectious and toe-tapping ditty, “In the Middle.” This one has a great beat and so much energy. It’s just a plain old good time. The lyrics, if I’m interpreting them correctly, seem to indicate being caught between an ex flame and a current one. Whether that means threesome or not is completely up to you! Either way, it’s a straight up bop and I can’t stop humming it.
One phrase to describe this EP? Adorably charming, just like Dodie herself. My one complaint, if I must have one, is that I do sort of miss the simple, grassroots ukulele strumming bits (but that’s probably just because I’m a uke nerd). Nevertheless, Dodie’s music comes with the highest recommendation I can give. Do yourself a favor and check out You as well as her previous EP, Intertwined. You will not be disappointed.