meadowhip – Am I Broken

“There are so few words to deliver to your hearts the elixir of youth, which is saturated with this composition. The intoxicating vocals, deep rhythms of Alt pop and immersion in the abyss of pleasure. A high -quality track with a light shade of evening melancholy.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Так мало надо слов, чтобы доставить до ваших сердец эликсир молодости, которым пропитана эта композиция. Опьяняющий вокал, глубокие ритмы Alt Pop и погружение в бездну удовольствия. Качественный трек с лёгким оттенком вечерней меланхолии.”

Moody, provocative and wry, meadowhip’s new single “Am I Broken” is a quippy reflection on what it’s like to be “the problematic one” in any intimate relationship.

Am I Broken grooves seductively with hypnotic bass lines, audacious keys, and lo-fi/hip hop inspired beats. Powered by alt-pop and R&B hooks and meadowhip’s emotive vocals, the track is supported by layers of luscious, airy harmonies and punctuated with hints of shimmering guitar and 1940’s-inspired trumpet played by Sydney’s Tommy Gun.

Originating in a group songwriting retreat with Sydney’s hub for emerging artists, The Artist Studio, and produced by neo-soul sweetheart Chelsea Warner, the song started as a universal commentary on bringing baggage to our relationships.

“When [Australiana folk artist] Suzi showed us her idea for the first verse, I thought it was so vulnerable and elegant and I figured we’d end up with a beautiful, mournful type of song. But the longer I sat with it the more I thought - I can squeeze a bit of humour into this, I can make it mine.”

The song is a deeply human yet light-hearted acknowledgement of the impact that someone’s character flaws and bad behaviour can have on their relationships. With lyrics like “So self-righteous | Always in crisis | Does anybody wanna guess why I’m like this?” Am I Broken is brooding and brimming with self-analysis, but also heavily stamped with meadowhip’s trademark self-deprecation and sarcasm.

“This song is about owning your mess and your part in the breakdown of your relationships, and finding a bit of comedy in it all. Am I broken? Indeed I am, a lot of the time, and I mean, who isn’t? But surely admitting to your flaws is almost as good as not having any, right?”

Reviewed by Nagamag on August 24, 2022