In her last gasps, summer has been extra cruel. She will not go down without a fight. And so we’re left to drown in sweat, feel disgusting, and, that’s right, lie on the floor! Amongst the lingering heat, the air of early September is also filled with a buzz of back-to-school anxiety. It’s a transitional time that calls for an increase in floor time to let the sweat and the anxiety cool off.
FLOOR CRY’s return to our ears is a great little release for this unsettled time. Strawberry Milkshake is a short three track release that moves from a sweet and sticky summer treat to apathetic in tune with the changing temperatures.
“Strawberry Milkshake,” the cherry on top of the EP, is a cute folk-pop song that’s soft and sweet like a daydream. In this fantasy, Felicia Sekundiak (FLOOR CRY) escapes the job she hates to drink strawberry milkshakes by the sea with the one she’s crushing on. There’s an underlying darkness to the song though as towards its end Sekundiak reveals that the one she wants to split her shake with is no longer in the picture, singing, “I wanna call you but I never see it through.” The milk is sour by song’s end making for a perfect transition into the more obviously sadder sounds of FLOOR CRY.
In “I’m Not Usually Like This” Sekundiak takes her cues from Holden Caulfield, opening the song by declaring, “everyone’s a goddamn phoney.” Here the air is dense with hushed vocals and guitar reverb but it’s reminiscent of the humid air of high school hallways, charged with hormones and teenage angst, post-gym class sweat, and a science experiment gone wrong. Through Sekundiak feels an overwhelming isolation here, by the next track, and closer, “Pinwheel Mind,” her summer blues have worn off just in time for the leaves to change colour. It’s a brighter song that’s embraces all the good stuff, and people, the world has to offer, as Sekundiak sings, “the world’s my oyster and everyone’s my valentine.”
Welcome autumn with open arms and a Strawberry Milkshake.
Top Track: “Strawberry Milkshake”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)