Marie Dahlstrom's 'Gloom' EP Is Smoothly Confessional...
Love is a many splendored thing, they say - but it can also be complicated, something that London-based Danish singer/songwriter Marie Dahlstrom acknowledges on her new 'Gloom' EP, the title's sentiment reflected in her willingness to address the very real complexities and ambiguities of human emotion that can be conjured when it comes to affairs of the heart, with Dahlstrom fearlessly honest when it comes to her contemplative introspection of the melancholia associated with a love that isn't fully realized.
'Gloom' is a collection of 11 tracks that chronicle the ebb and flow of emotions when love is no longer in full flush, when other realities have intruded, with Dahlstrom making acute lyrical observations about the frailties and vulnerabilities that arise when expectations remain unfulfilled between two people. Dahlstrom's voice is as effortlessly smooth as always, her soothing tone dreamily charismatic as it expresses the subtlest of emotional nuances, punctuated at times by emphatic exclamations, drawing in the listener to her confessional delivery, and is complemented by soundscapes that encompass her distinctively mellow take on neo-soul/soul/r'n'b, with sophisticated arrangements consisting of fluid keys and delicate, jazz-tinged piano; intricate, mood setting guitar; and warmly ruminative basslines.
'My Everything's fluid, ethereal melancholy sees Dahlstrom yearning confession that 'you're my everything, you don't even know'; 'Is It All', with its subdued, martial drum roll, nostalgic guitar and languid bassline, sees Dahlstrom unwilling to give up on a uncertain love, 'I believe there is more for us'; 'I.O.T.' with Jamal Ross sees them exchange their hopes and fears about a slowly unraveling relationship, fluid keys and delicate guitar accompanying them as Dahlstrom admits 'so I keep sailing away from you, but I keep waiting for you to show you need me too'; 'What's It Gonna Be' has Dahlstrom asking 'so what's it gonna be, are you gonna come home to me, or am I staying here all night alone' amongst enchanting harmonies and plaintive guitar licks.
With 'Gloom', Dahlstrom has crafted a bravely honest accounting of love's complexity and the confronting realities of what can happen when space is left in a relationship for uncertainty to creep in, when the failure to communicate leads to emotional distance and unreciprocated feelings, advising on 'One Truth' that 'if you dare to do it right, risk to love sometimes', and says ''Gloom' is a mix of songs I've created over the last years, reflecting different sides of my musicality...I tried to give my you all an insight to what you can expect, if you see me live and also what you can expect from my album, which I just started working on!'
The 'Gloom' EP is available on iTunes.