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Evie Lulu walks us through her ‘An Ode To Whoever’ EP, track by track

Taking cues from the realms of grunge, pop, and rock, Evie Lulu’s debut EP An Ode To Whoever is inspired and convicting at every turn.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise allure of Melbourne’s Evie Lulu. Maybe it’s her melodies which quiver and soar at every opportunity. Maybe it’s the raw, considered chords that trickle out of her Fender so effectively. Maybe it’s the convergence of inspirations like The Strokes, Imogen Heap, and Silverchair that culminate into an addictive brew of potent alt-pop. Maybe she just writes damn believable tunes – which she does.

Fortunately, we don’t have to speculate. Evie’s gifted us a track by track rundown of her new EP An Ode To Whoever. Take it away, Evie.

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London

The opening track London carries the highest energy overall compared to the others on the EP. It’s about figuring yourself out and if your surroundings play a part in your mental stability or if it’s just within your head – that kind of disconnect you face.

You can hear me laughing in a section of the song – my roommate had just come over and started shouting things into the mic, which made me laugh uncontrollably. It was inspired by some of Amyl and The Sniffers’ work.

South Side

South Side is one consistent build up until you get to just after the bridge, where there is this fast-paced, drums and guitar-heavy, almost race to the finish line kind of energy. I listened to it when the demo had just been sent to me by my producer Finn McCallum.

Driving along a beach road and got up to a red light, then as soon as the breakdown section was coming, it went green. I can’t seem to explain it, but it felt like ‘GO GO GO!’ kind of feeling. It’s pretty calm until it switches up, and you’re listening like ‘shit, why do I feel like I am angry and need to go for a run all of a sudden?’

That’s the feeling I was going through at the time, and I wanted to emulate it through the track.

 

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over and over and over again

This is the first track of the EP that you listen to where it’s a bit vocal-based with a simple guitar line playing alongside. I took inspiration from The Truman Show, where he’s living his day over and over again.

The vocoder heard over the vocals adds some dimension. But overall, I don’t know, it’s just a simple song.

Bored

Bored is a track I wrote to reflect things that I had been through almost just as a list. I was listing off everything. It goes full circle when the first lyrics are the exact same ones at the very end. Overall, it is just like a journal piece.

 

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Sweater Weather Pt. 1 &, Pt. 2

The first part of the song I wrote when I was 18, I believe. The first part is sad. I had just come out of high school when you have the pressure from everyone about trying to have your whole life planned out and so forth. And the overall challenges faced in that time in your life. It’s sad to listen to younger me singing about that.

So when I had just turned 21, I started writing a second part to it, as a bit of a cliche ‘things do get better’ letter to my younger self. It had been this two-year difference that I wanted to capture through songwriting.

It’s a sincere song, probably the one I was most scared to put out, but with over 100 demos recorded for this EP, towards the end, I still thought I needed to put it out for my own sake. Almost to hold myself accountable in a way that I am capable of taking care of myself and being content and happy.

 

An Ode To Whoever is out now, give it a listen below: