Picture this: you’re on a school playground. Jamie, who’s friends with Jaime, who’s friends with Lauren, comes up to you to tell you that Lauren has a crush on you. You blush but try to play it off that you don’t care. You might even say, “That’s gross.” Later on you play Heads Up 7 Up to close out the day. Someone touches your thumb. You think it’s Lauren. It is. You’re on cloud nine. This is the best day of your short nine-year life so far. Little do you know, this will most likely be the best day of your life ever. You’re nine and you’ve peaked. You’re now 27 and you’re back living in your parents’ basement for the second time in your post-college life with absolutely nothing on the horizon.
Doumie was the girl that had a crush on you but you were so focused Lauren that you didn’t give her the time of day. Years later, you realize how dumb that was. But Doumie keeps receipts. It’s too late.
One of my favorite things is when an artist throws in lyrics in a different language so subtly that your brain doesn’t even realize it, and Doumie does just that in her most recent single "What It Is."
The song is thoughtful and sincere so much so that at first I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to write anything about it. For the entire three minutes, eleven seconds of the song it feels like someone has written a personal love letter to you. I think I even teared up a bit after my seventh consecutive listen. I listened to it so much on repeat that Spotify sent me a push notification asking, "Are you still listening?"
But Doumie’s got rAaAaAaAange. Like, daaaaaaamn. Not only does she have range vocally but also stylistically. Everything about the song: the subtle multilingualism, the sincerity, and the range reminds me of the versatility of the artist Cuco. If you don’t know who this is, check him out but only after you check out Doumie.
Conclusion: This song SLAPS. A soft but firm slap.