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False Optimism: Black Heart Mantra
If you’re looking for a new international artist to follow, The Cheek of Her has been trending in the UK and all over Europe.
Helen Dooley —known as The Cheek of Her — is a London-based Irish singer and songwriter that writes pop-punk-rock tracks that may initially confuse the listener, as the songs give off an optimistic vibe. That’s until the lyrics settle in, proving female pop singers do not have to sing about cheery topics. The tactic gives a new sound unique to The Cheek of Her.
The first impressions I had of her latest EP Black Heart Mantra reminded me of a Broadway singer doing upbeat pop with an underlying pessimism and punk sound. The “9 Lives” track may be doodled with an adorable tiny cat, but that doesn’t undermine the message of the “maybes” of another life or destiny. The track is paired with an adorably illustrated video of a cat chasing a doodled bird, meeting a tragic end. “YOLO” is a track that turns the acronym for taking risks and living carefree into a track of an uncertain future being embraced, followed up by a track with a similar message called “The Future is Purple”. “Give Up The Ghost” is a noticeably darker piece that still maintains electronic vibes but mixes more melancholic chords into the track.
To keep up with future projects of The Cheek of Her, follow her Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. The Black Heart Mantra EP is available now for £3.50 on her website and also on iTunes.
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