Dizzy – Dizzy [Streaming]

Today the Oshawa band Dizzy dropped their self-titled eponymous third album via Royal Mountain Records.
This is probably their strongest album to date with songwriting and change from dreamy to more alternative pop upbeat music.

About the album by Katie:
Katie Munshaw really needed to finish the fucking quilt, and find a way to sew herself into it. The lead singer of Ontario four-piece Dizzy has been thinking a lot about the way things look and the way you can find comfort in disappearing into it all. She describes the album, a bright indie-pop beast continuing the legacy built from two previous shimmering records, as a “patchwork quilt” with each song a square, or a sliver, of her life. “None of them have all that much to do with each other and yet they wouldn’t exist without one another,” she says.

It makes for a colourful record that’s intrinsically Dizzy – one that swerves comparison, instead reflecting the shapeshifting and imperfect nature of its musicians. Avoiding the spotlight yet more confidently themselves than ever.

Two things fuelled the change in direction for Dizzy on their third record. The first is the elephant in the room, the Jane Doe on the cover, the striking mask Munshaw wears to lead Dizzy into the next chapter. “When it was time to discuss visuals for the album I had serious anxiety about being on camera. I find it strange how musicians are often introverted people yet one of the largest parts of our job is visually selling ourselves to an audience. It feels unnatural to pine for strangers’ attention to afford rent or whatever, and as someone who’s particularly sensitive it isn’t sustainable. To me the mask not only represents a calloused version of myself but it lends itself to an anonymity that I love,” she explains. “I like the idea of a female artist making the conscious decision to take her appearance out of the question for the audience.”

Another major shift for Dizzy was the location – it’s the first time the band stepped out of their comfort zone and recorded abroad, after spending a week in a cottage in Ontario and realising something wasn’t quite right. They joined their producer David Pramik, a “pop nerd” who could help them focus, and set up a home studio in a bungalow in LA for two weeks. “I was very, very against it at first,” Munshaw says. But that push and pull, in finding new ways to better be yourself, is what makes this record the boldest and most authentic Dizzy era to date.

“There’s not a lot of mystery on the album,” Munshaw says, still apprehensive of how they’ll be understood. “There’s a lot of songs on here I feel a little scared showing. Some lyrics I’m like, ‘I hope my mum doesn’t hear that!’ Munshaw had been waiting years to use the central lyric of the sombre yet vulnerable “Salmon Season”, “pink in the middle”, to capture the raw tenderness defining her sense of self despite a seemingly hardened exterior. The mask, alongside these pitched-up vocals and haunting fairground keyboard, is just an illusion of rigidity.

Album standouts include “My Girl” and “Open Up Wide”, the former “a love song for all ‘my girls’” that began as an ode to Munshaw’s dog now opened up with panoramic impact. “Open Up Wide” is unapologetically pop-leaning, with a loose “Cry For You”-esque circling hook, resulting from a conscious effort on the band’s part to streamline their songwriting. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek ode to a music industry we’ve never understood all that well,” Munshaw explains. Another highlight, “Are You Sick Of Me Yet?” is a deceptively sweet ballad that erupts into something more forthright (similarly to ‘Starlings’) after delicate embarrassment has given way to the embrace of irrational, strong emotion as a guiding light. It’s a maelstrom of guilt, love, confession and, eventually, acceptance.

Munshaw is satisfied with where this record finds Dizzy. The band’s first record, she says, was “formative” to what kind of musician she became, even though “I was young and had no business making a record. The Sun and Her Scorch was our rebellious teenage phase where we thought we could do it all ourselves, this new chapter is about throwing our hands up saying ‘we don’t have all the answers. I’m open to having somebody help me. Help us.’” Listeners will find that Dizzy have made what sounds like their most confident work to date; embracing the best parts of what has made fans fall in love with them in the past while confidently stepping into the future and trying new things; ready to show the world exactly who they are as artists – mask or no mask.

Dizzy (the album) gets: 📷📷📷📷📷📷📷📷/10.