DEAR LIFE (MATHILDA HOMER)

RELEASED 10TH JULY 2020

Favourite track: Dear Life

This EP is romantic but also very real. The lyrics have a relatable quality whilst the delivery tells a story as she endeavours to explore the matters of her heart.

I hadn’t heard of UK artist, Mathilda Homer, but I always love a good EP so when I saw Dear Life pop up on my Spotify new releases section I had to click on it. The cover art is a colourful illustration of a woman (Mathilda herself perhaps?) sitting in her bathroom as her bath overflows, leaving rubber ducks everywhere and plant pots too. What I saw first is her nonchalant expression because despite the situation getting completely out of hand, she’s not actively doing anything or panicking. This might give us an insight into her mood within this 5-track EP and what she thinks about ‘life’.

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The first track ‘Breakup Breakfast’ opens with 80s synths, a drum kit and an upbeat melody in the background as she sings. It’s catchy and I like the flow here. It’s one of those Lily Allen type songs which sounds super positive and cute but the lyrics are raw, real and full of hurt. It’s very much a song that is telling that person simply “bye”. ‘Dear Life’ is next up which opens with haunting piano keys echoed and muted in the background which then come to the forefront with melancholic piano chords. She sings delicately here about how “somethings changed inside me” as she realises she can’t keep “holding onto nothing for dear life”. It’s a slow, heartfelt song and I think it would be perfect in the ‘sad’ moment of a RomCom.  

‘I Hate That I Love You So Little’ begins with acoustic guitar and clicks to provide the initial rhythm before the subtle magical synth keys come in as she sings about how she wishes she could “feel something”. This one is more about how when there is a guy who is doing everything right, she can’t bring herself to feel anything much for him. I love the way she sings in this one. It’s got this combination of Pop and Soul but it’s exactly the kind of song I would want to hear played live outside a coffee shop. I like how strings become more prominent towards the end to heighten the more dramatic/sad element of the song. ‘Too Much’ has an atmospheric synth key in the background and slow beat that gather a little pace around a minute in. Her vocals here are stronger and pained. There is something quite Adele here in terms of the music as well as the delivery but more raspy.

The EP ends with ‘Postcard’ which has a more chaotic drum kit and odd melody going through as she sings via a slightly muffled audio. It then becomes clear as she reminisces about a moment in her life where she received this postcard filled with love. This one definitely has a Lilly Allen-esque feel to it.

This EP is very chill and I would have it on in the garden whilst I have coffee and paint but it would also be great in an English RomCom.