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Danica Bryant - Single Review: Heart Eyes

24 Jun 2021 // A review by Madeleine Howard

Hawkes Bay born, now Wellington based singer-songwriter Danica Bryant returns with her latest offering - Heart Eyes. A bold, catchy track about young girls being obsessed with male celebrities, Heart Eyes is sugar coated and sweet, but with an underlying darkness oozing through its cynical lyrics and distorted melodies.

It’s clear Danica has been working hard behind the scenes. In 2018, she won the National APRA Lyric writing award for her song Dizzy. The following year her song Sugarbones was featured on Play It Strange’s annual songwriting compilation. Since then, she has gone on to open for Elton John on his farewell tour, and has participated in the first ever Hawkes Bay Songhubs. Her debut EP Cider was released in July last year to critical acclaim.

With Heart Eyes, Danica really comes into her own. A powerful and memorable song, the track is mature in its songwriting and infectious in its melodies. Produced by Jonny Avery, Heart Eyes is a notable shift to a more polished pop sound for Danica. Her twangy yet compelling vocals are accompanied by gritty, distorted guitars. Combined with her tongue-in-cheek lyrics, these elements make for an exciting piece of pop perfection.

With another track set for release this year, the future is looking bright for this up and coming songwriter. Danica Bryant is certainly one of the most exciting pop artists emerging into the New Zealand music scene.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Danica Bryant

Sharply bitter yet sickeningly sweet, Danica Bryant is no ordinary songwriter. Born to the fruitful music scene in Napier, New Zealand, her songs cover intense topics such as adolescence, mental health, and young love. “All hard guitar and pain-filled howl” (The Hook NZ), this woman truly bites back.

Bryant played her first gig at age twelve. Her career ripened when Smokefree Rockquest awarded her the National APRA Lyric Award in 2018, for Dizzy. The following year, her track Sugarbones featured on Play It Strange’s annual songwriting compilation album, and she won their national 'Who Loves Who' contest covering Aldous Harding. Bryant was also selected for mentorship by Bic Runga at her Christchurch Art Centre workshops.

After opening for Kiwi legends like Jason Kerrison and Paul Ubana Jones, Bryant was cherry picked to support Elton John on his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour. The opportunity would harvest her debut EP Cider, recorded with Wellington’s Tiny Triumph Recordings. Rounding out the year, Bryant took part in APRA's SongHubs course, writing and producing with major artists such as Matthew Young and Estere.

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Releases

Cider
Year: 2020
Type: EP

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