For my 500th article I wanted to share something new from one of my favorite Songwriters.
When Nicole Dollanganger came out with "Curdled Milk" last year, I was totally floored. The tender heartfelt lyrics paired with her signature icy and innocent delivery made for an album so honest, so true, that I would wager it could have a hardened trucker bawling within minutes.
It took the #1 spot in my 2012 Top Six.
I introduced it to several other writers, some of which focused a bit more on Nicole's darker thematic elements, which I don't think she liked too well. I honestly don't think that can be done with Dollanganger's latest offering: "Ode to Dawn Wiener: Embarassing Love Songs".
This brief little EP is probably the sweetest thing you'll ever hear. Period. Nicole has such a way of describing the awkward struggles of love and feelings that the listener is left simply thinking "Huh, so that's how you write a love song, I guess most everyone else has been doing it wrong".
While Nicole's songs are incredibly sweet, don't think their naive. Her tales are often spun with graphic descriptions and incredibly pointed lyrics... with words other singers would choose not sing- but rather be content to think in private. Nicole leaves nothing to privacy, her naked soul is always laid out in good light for the world to see.
Having just watched "Welcome to the Dollhouse" a couple months ago for the first time myself (of which the character "Dawn Wiener" is the protagonist), the themes of certain tracks like "He Hit Me (and it felt like a kiss)" take on an added meaning... and being a fan of Dollanganger's previous works it becomes quite easy to see how she can relate to and channel such an outsider character... especially one entering the fresh trials of love in youth.
"Ode to Dawn Wiener: Embarassing Love Songs" by Nicole Dollanganger is available via her Bandcamp page.