Dijon: “Coogie” Track Review | Pitchfork

The Dijon breakout in 2021 Absolutely it was a sublime culmination of the qualities that had set him apart from the start: there was, of course, his pleading chant, a Motown meets mountain rasp more often deployed in service of a nostalgic memory or forced appeal to a faltering lover. ; the unerring pop sensibility and penchant for melody; the endearing affinity for the grittier side of things. All of these elements are firmly in place for him on his new single “Coogie,” but with a deftly calibrated new intensity. A son Absolutely, Dijon seems once again to invite listeners to a late-night session in a smoky room, the twangy feedback of guitar amps adjusting and strings being tested. She sews a tattered melody around a stuttering guitar riff, her voice still worn, apparently, from last night’s screaming match. Like some of Dijon’s best songs, “Coogie” has a way of feeling cacophonous and incredibly spare, engulfing her voice in a wall of turbulent sound at times and stripping her bare at others. “When it’s wrong, I just push it in / Is it wrong for me to put it in?” she meows weakly, in the comedown after a lovers’ quarrel. By the final chorus, it’s like someone has cranked up the gain for the whole room. “Well, I’ll do my best to bear it!” he groans, and you have no choice but to believe him.

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