Written by Maria Arroyo
Canadian indie-rock band, Dizzy, shares their new record, The Sun And Her Scorch, out now. Dizzy features members Katie Munshaw (vocals), brothers Alex and Mackenzie Munshaw (guitar and bass, respectively), and Charlie Spencer (drums).
The process for this album release was “totally challenging and completely rewarding” because the entire concept of the album is so revealing of their personal feelings, thoughts, and lives. “I’m saying things I wouldn’t ever say to anyone out loud, and now I’m going to be singing them in front of hundreds of people,” Munshaw shares. “I think the main thing I’d like people to take away is the idea that everybody probably has these negative thoughts about themselves sometimes, but it’s okay—be confident and believe in yourself no matter what.”
The opening track, “Worms,” starts off with a very personal touch with a raw recorded audio track, which alludes to the idea of wanting to be more open and honest, and kicks off the album to an incredible start. The song takes on a more ethereal sound that puts your mind and body at ease. Within the first 30 seconds, the intensity of emotion is tapped into and creates a very moving and eye-opening experience. Their next song, “Sunflower,” is another personal favorite of mine, but I have a minor obsession with sunflowers, so maybe I’m a little biased. I love everything about sunflowers, and the song embodies that same spirit of this particular flower.
“Good and Right” creates an even more ambient and spacious feeling which I really like. There’s a softer and more laid back tone to the song, which brings us down to get ready for another explosion of feelings and emotions later on. This song, in particular, has me humming along by the end of it, and even into the next track. There’s so much energy that radiates from the sound, that you have to enjoy it.
“The Magician” is a song that Munshaw says is about “a friend who passed away, and wishing I could magically bring her back, however naive that is.”
The next track, “Beatrice,” carries on the strong sense of lyrical storytelling. Everything flows so smoothly together, which is a hint of more techno-aspect to it. This song has tons of elements of a more mainstream song, without the feeling of being overdone. They are somehow able to bring a new direction to it and keep it exciting.
“Roman Candles” is a song that taps into another more intimate part of Munshaw‘s life. She says “[Roman Candles] is a song about how insecure I feel being someone who’s pursued music as a job. I’ve often felt jealous of friends who’ve taken more traditional paths in life. I know that sounds silly, but I have a real fear I’ll never own a home or be able to support a family because of the decision I’ve made, so of course, that’s scary. I think I’ve quit the band a dozen times since we started and then wind up taking it back an hour later because I know it’s just fear talking.” I think there are tons of musicians, myself included, who have felt this way one time or another; so having it in a song just shows that there truly is a song for every feeling or situation in one’s life, even something as specific as pursuing a job in the music industry.
Bringing a wispy kind of feel to the album is “Primrose Hill.” There are darker undertones within the song that signify a deeper meaning to it all, which really brings the song to life for me. I could see this song being placed in tons of TV shows and dramatic moments in movies too.
“Daylight Savings Time” brings a more uplifting feel to the song, but with the same ambient spaciness that I mentioned earlier. The story of the song follows the same energy of the entire album, which really shows how strong their sense of consistency is. The same can be said for their next song “Ten” which was just a beautifully crafted song, and their closing track “Worms II” which becomes an amazing transition out of the album.
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