Coming out swinging with energetic acoustic guitar and rolling drums, ‘The Fool’ channels the alt-pop field of the 90’s to drastic effect.
With slightly dreamy extended chordal work and cluttering reverberation, the guitar builds and fills the back of the mix with a textural bed of harmony. Immediately met with an equally present vocal performance, the verse pushes relentlessly onwards. Dramatic crashes and backing vocals emphasise the spaces in the phrasing, and in turn the lyrical reception.
Pressing on to a sharp change in performative fashion, echoes of Dave Matthews Band are brought forth from the step based acoustic melody and charging percussive hits. This new, more adventurous section sees Dowdy become more explorative in both lead and backing vocals. Trading the repeated, rhythmic melodies for more dynamic sustained notes and melodic leaps. Backing vocals suddenly providing lyrical sustenance and melodic echoes, filling the space around the lead for maximum penetrative lyrical effect.
Jumping between the two sections with variations of increased or stripped back instrumentation and decoration, the track marches onwards with its statement of unrequited feelings. ‘The Fool’ never plays into overly theatrical or grandiose elements of its composition, instead maintaining a simple and authentic combination of sounds.
‘…swore I’d never let myself get too close…’, words of a nostalgic romance lost; told through a 90’s songstress lens. ‘The Fool’ is a fast-paced and refreshing contrast to the typical contemporary pop associated with the subject matter. Combining earnest vocal delivery with heartfelt and driving instrumental performances, the work displays a simple and accessible outlook on a much-told story without compromising on individuality.
New York based singer-songwriter Leah Dowdy began writing songs as young as seven years old, and continues with her goal of portraying the human experience through poetic verse. Ongoing pop outputs and collaborations will see Dowdy maintain her musical career.
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