"Just like the inner monologue of the song seems to be going through a spiralling crisis, dodie said that she was in fact going through a crisis as well at the time of writing, stating: I was very unsure of who I was and I was trying to figure it out in music."
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dodie - Hate Myself|Single Review
dodie’s latest single, Hate Myself, recently bounced into existence, marking her fourth single from her debut studio album Build A Problem.
In true, gleaming dodie style, her voice takes centre stage with her lilting harmonies and gliding melodies. In fact, her instrumentation is reduced to mainly percussive elements and vocal harmonies. There is a hint of a nostalgic ukulele - strumming in a muted, percussive tone. It then transforms into a more electric sounding guitar, though still providing a thumping percussive purpose. Of course, it wouldn’t be dodie without a signature clarinet slide gracing our ears every now and then. This ‘stripped’ instrumentation creates a clear link to the message of dodie’s new single: silence - more specifically, the anxiety induced by someone else’s silence.
The song begins with a multitude of self-interrogative statements, mimicking paranoia and self-doubt within the inner monologue of the song. dodie stated, in her pre-release live-stream, that the song is about passive aggression and ultimately finding anxiety in someone’s silence. dodie also wrote this song in the pre-covid era, and it took a while to write. Just like the inner monologue of the song seems to be going through a spiralling crisis, dodie said that she was in fact going through a crisis as well at the time of writing, stating: I was very unsure of who I was and I was trying to figure it out in music. The song enters a world of uncertainty and anxiety, which it seems was the case for dodie at the time of writing. The percussive elements in the song provide a bounce that almost suggests a playful air, although is more likely to emphasise quick-paced and jolting anxiety. Gradually, the percussion becomes more and more pounding throughout the song, like a heart-beat.
The music video for Hate Myself is quite the contrast to the lyrics that embody the song - a silly idea, co-produced by dodie and her friend Sammy. They landed on the idea: the training of becoming a post-lady - featuring abstract and bizarre imagery of what looks like intensive heavy-lifting along the Cornish cliffs, obsessive licking of stamps inside a rustic boat and running through the cobbled streets to post parcels in record timing. The end of the video lands on a sweet note, with dodie successfully becoming a legendary post-woman. Perhaps the link here is that a ‘normal’ job has been amplified into a glorified and eccentric role, paralleling how overthinking can become amplified in itself when worrying over someone’s silence. Ultimately though, there is success and a ‘light’ at the end of what seems like a long, dark tunnel.
With such raw and intelligent writing from Hate Myself and her previous singles for the new album, there can only be overwhelming anticipation for what lies ahead for the rest of the album, Build A Problem.
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