Some music is so intimate, vulnerable, raw and heartfelt, that as a listener you almost feel burdened that you are witnessing it. Anyone who has seen Daniel Johnston or Conor Oberst live will understand what I mean. I now also have that experience when hearing Flipped It, the new single by New Zealand singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick. She recorded the track during the sessions for last year’s Me & Ennui Are Friends, Baby LP, but she couldn’t find a comfortable place for it on that record. She accompanies herself on the piano, but that is in the service of the lyrics – it is the vocals that hit hard. B-side All Those Things We’ll Never Do, from the Please Daddy sessions (2019) is almost as heartbreaking. Goosebumps and tears fight for priority.
The self-produced Flipped It EP is out now digitally (5 songs) and on vinyl 7″ (2 songs) through Kill Rock Stars.