We, the human race, are in the midst of something we have only experienced through fiction. As a result, many of us have found ourselves pondering the question ‘Is this a dream? Is this real?’. Rallie poses that the answer is quite simple: no one knows.
With its whimsical charm and affable tonality, Dreamsicle is the musical manifestation of this very statement. It juxtaposes a congenial vibe with introspective lyricism, reflecting a common internal dialogue that many of us have had adopt into in our daily lives. What is life? I could lose count of the amount of times I have pondered this question in the last year, all stimulated by the seismic shift in conventionality and daily routine. Yet this record could not have come at a more opportune time, intensifying the idea that we have all come to realise what is and isn’t important.
Rallie has done well to keep the continuity in her tracks, doing so by traversing the fine line between glitzy pop and conceptual composition. Subsequently the songs from the album follow the same motif, with both monikers Rallie and Angel, embarking on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. The pair are essentially two different incarnations of the artist herself. Dreamsicle focuses on Angel, introducing her in a dream-state at the beginning of this journey. Wondering who she’ll be, what she’ll mean to the world and what it will mean to her. The song has a playfulness to it, captured in the thrilling existential uncertainty of what it all means.
“At times, the lyrics veer into the psychedelic, you don’t really need to know what they mean. You can feel what they mean. It’s actually quite funny that I started writing this song with just the title in mind. I didn’t know what it was about, really, maybe I still don’t, just that it felt magical.”Rallie
Boasting a clean and crisp production throughout, the instrumental obtains and snug and rigid structure as tight as clockwork. Consequently the marriage between percussion and bass is seamless, resembling the shimmering flamboyance of Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’. Combining syncopated rhythms and mixolydian melodies, Rallie certainly puts her touch on the track and I challenge anyone to resist the temptation to shake that tail-feather and dance like popcorn over a hot fire.