ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
Jun 11, 2021 | 7 songs, 20 min 28 sec
Griff’s mixtape is undoubtedly one of my 2021 highlights. Seven tracks, seven very different moods, all characterized by genius production and introspection. From my discovery of Good Stuff in January 2021 to familiarizing myself with the rest of Griff’s catalogue at that time, I quickly fell in love with her as an artist and eagerly anticipated the release of the mixtape; and when that day came, I was not disappointed.
Track by Track
★ Black Hole ☆
This is the radio track of the bunch and the song that really catapulted Griff into the public sphere, so it’s probably unsurprising that I’m here to tell you that given how much I’ve heard it I’m a bit sick of it, to be honest. It’s a great song but fairly low on my list of favorites.
★ One Foot In Front Of The Other ☆
One Foot In Front Of The Other is already stunning, but have you heard the acoustic version? Brings the song to a whole new level. There’s something about the sadness that just makes you appreciate the message even more… anyway, we’re talking about the version on the EP. Nothing more to say really, aside from this version is the upbeat “I will drag myself out of this (black) hole*” bop.
*I’m sorry, I wrote hole and couldn’t resist adding the extra word.
★ Shade of Yellow ☆
I love the message of this one. Sonically, it’s not my favorite, but it’s a cheerful track that makes you grateful for the ones who are there for you when you need them.
★ Heart of Gold ☆
I think of this track as the sister track to Walk? It’s a track I bop and smile to.
★ Remembering My Dreams ☆
As a fervid dreamer, this is a feeling I can get behind. In a more general sense I think it also captures the feeling of thinking about people you’ve lost touch with and wondering how they’re doing.
★ Earl Grey Tea ☆
This song, omg. I don’t know how many times I’ve replayed the version from the launch party, which is even sadder and more beautiful than the album version. There’s something truly special about this track, from the creaky piano to the pounding bass coupled with haunting lyrics. One of my favorite tracks of 2021.
★ Walk ☆
A love song, through and through. Took me a while to appreciate it, but it’s adorable in a way only Griff could pull off, and a great end to the mixtape.
Solid, but doesn’t make the favorites list: Black Hole, Heart of Gold, Walk
Bops whose lyrics should be listened to carefully: One Foot In Front Of The Other, Shade of Yellow, Remembering My Dreams
Props to Griff for getting me through exam season and introducing me to a new type of tea: Earl Grey Tea
How much does production matter to you? Do you think songs can be completely transformed by different instrumentation?