Written by Maria Arroyo
The 22-year-old singer/songwriter Rachel Dodson recently shared her new Vanilla Coffee EP out via Pagoda City Records.
“This EP, which has six tracks, was inspired by my contemplation of what the word ‘bittersweet’ means,” Dodson shares. Helping put this project together are head engineer and founder of Pagoda City Records’ Jay Fritshaffer, and musician friends, Zack DeSantis and Jamel Stevenson.
Her title track, “Vanilla Coffee,” is so eloquently and beautifully written, and not to mention, so well executed, and Dodson‘s angelic voice soars over it all. “Dynamite” is another prime example of her attention to heartfelt and emotionally stimulating lyrics that tell a seamless story.
“Antonio” shares a stronger feeling of love and the actions and ideas that surround it, while “Cherry Hair” is more rooted in the bitter-sweetness of her music. Her lyrical writing is relatable and easy to connect with, especially as a songwriter.
“It’s a tough truth to resolve in your mind that some circumstance in your life can be something that’s a remarkably good thing and also deeply, deeply painful at the same time. Those two things can exist in reality at the same time. That really kind of blows my mind; so I sat down and wrote a bunch of songs about it.”
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