Dodie – Human EP Review

The latest EP from Dodie is her best project yet, with brutally honest and open lyrics paired with a selection of the best produced and written tracks the singer-songwriter has put out so far.

‘Monster’ is a brilliant track; it’s one of those songs that appear simple upon first listen, but the instrumental with its groovy synth pattern and developing layers is really deep and complex, and the backing vocals are lovely too. Her best one to date.

‘Not What I Meant’ has Dodie pair up with Lewis Watson, and the duo’s voices blend really nicely together for a really pleasant, chill folky ballad that reminded me a bit of Seth Lakeman. The Title track, ‘Human’ with Tom Walker is another example of how hard hitting her lyrics can be ; specific to her experiences but again so relatable they are especially effective paired with those vocals and haunting melody.

To me, ‘If I’m Being Honest’ sounds like a track that would fit right into ‘La La Land’ or ‘Mary Poppins’, and that’s in no way a bad thing; it plods along in the nicest way and I can picture her walking along in the rain singing it in some kind of musical.

A great EP that shows Dodie just keeps improving, and shows real promise for a potential full album; but if the quality of her EPs keeps up like this, i’m not sure she needs to do one.



SOTD 10/11/16- Jake Houlsby: Bloom

Newcastle based singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby has today’s song of the day with ‘Bloom’.

The single is out on 25th November via Tipping Point Records, and Jake will be touring the UK at the below dates:

14th Nov – Golden Slippers @ Blacks Club, London
18th Nov – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
20th Nov – High and Lonesome Festival, Leeds
24th Nov – The General Wolfe, Penrith
25th Nov – The Source, Carlisle
26th Nov –The Mining Institute, Newcastle
You can find the full songs of the days playlist below, with recent additions from Forth Wanderers, The Chemical Brothers and Regina Spektor.