This may sound like a Lifetime movie, but Dawn Richard has a way of singing to the depths of my soul. She captivated me with her fearless Armor On EP, and now Dawn stuns me again with the leading single from her October 16th trilogy debut, Goldenheart. “Pretty Wicked Things” is a haunting game changer produced by Dawn’s ingenious collaborator Druski. Playfully described as “R&B meets a solar rainforest”, I can personally attest that this statement is nothing short of the truth. Dawn keeps the angst filled R&B vocals I’ve always admired while exploring a suspenseful “forest” full of conflicting, yet inter-locking sounds spanning techno influenced Europop and even dubstep.
“Pretty Wicked Things” would have been just a nice song to work out to if it wasn’t for Dawn’s gripping lyrics. Her vivid imagery of love tainted by malicious forces brings me to my freshman year of college when I attended the most emotionally intense bible study I ever experienced. In the middle of uncontrollable sobbing, I heard my mentor quote of all places, Song of Solomon 2:15. Growing up in a religious home, this book was considered a rejected B-side worthy of skipping. But when she read “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom”, I realized those “Pretty Wicked Things” were my abandonment issues and oppressive church upbringing. Dawn reminded me that in order to embrace love, you have to remove the “Pretty Wicked Things” that attack it. It may come through walking away from a relationship or holding on to what remains, but you have to accept and respond to the problem for love to grow in your heart. Twitter Blog iTunes
“kinda felt like thunder / kinda felt like rain / kinda felt like him and the storm was the same”
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