Written by Amber Jackson |
Upon the recent release of her new single and music video ‘Human,’ I would like to talk about the musician Dodie Clark for a second. I’m anxious to write this because I’m scared that I won’t capture everything about her fully, for she truly is remarkable.
Known professionally as dodie, she is a musician that gained success via YouTube and has since gone on to release her music to a wider audience and frequently embarks on tours around Europe and the United States. There seems to be a common understanding between those who listen to her music. It seems to transcend the acoustic genre, which feels somewhat inevitable to her fans. They believe wholeheartedly in her singing, they feel safe within it.
“Paint me in trust, I’ll be your best friend…
I’m just human.”
The lyrics that dodie creates are raw, charged with emotion and experience. ‘Human’ is a song that illustrates the impossibility of perfection, particularly in someone you love. The recently released music video, directed by the amazing Hazel Hayes, illustrates the desire to create an idealised version of someone, yet the reality of this proves to be destructive. Dodie has the ability to entirely expose herself within her art, appealing to others who may empathise with her. In her song ‘Secret for the Mad,’ she promises that “it’ll all make sense again,” to those who feel lost or who are perhaps struggling with their mental health. She speaks about love, heartbreak, longing, hopelessness, sexuality, nostalgia and so much more within her songs that you as a listener can’t help but fall in love with her entire essence.
“I’m afraid of the things in my brain
But we can stay here
And laugh away the fear.”
There is a calming catharsis that emanates from dodie and her music. Her musical covers transform popular and current songs in a way that makes it her own, allowing the listener to experience emotions that they hadn’t previously associated with that song. Meanwhile, her original songs expose the framework of human experience, highlighting its fragilities and frustrations in the form of a cosy, acoustic moment that wraps you in a blanket and reminds you that everything is going to be ok.
Her song ‘Intertwined’ has a soothing tone and there is a gentleness and intimacy to the individuals she’s singing about, yet as you sink further into the song, the tone becomes a little more macabre you realise that she is writing about toxicity and mental health struggles within a relationship – dodie has a video on YouTube explaining the meaning of ‘Intertwined’ in full, alongside its beautifully shot music video, directed by Sammy Paul.
“I promise you
It’ll all make sense again.”
(Secrets for the Mad)
I feel as though dodie has been following me through my teen years. She picks me up when I’m down, dusts me off, lets me sob my heart out and then reminds me how to laugh again. Hopefully that doesn’t come across as me trying to romanticise negative experiences, but I feel as though this lovely lady whom I’ve never met really has been there through some of the bad times. She understands. With her music in my ears, I can smile through my tears and feel grounded and less afraid of the incredible, scary world.
That’s real art.
I have previously reviewed dodie’s book with The Falmouth Anchor and it’s available to read here, if you are interested:
Dodie’s single ‘Human,’ which is available on most, if not all, music platforms, including YouTube (a music video, directed by the amazing Hazel Hayes). She also has a new album coming out in January.