Toronto up-and-comer LOONY drops her first EP, a self-titled dazzling rollercoaster of approximately 13 minutes. The tape ultimately chronicles a day in the life of the born and raised Scarborough resident, and LOONY herself describes the album as being an ode to her vices, insecurities, personal relationships, and the woes of public transportation.
The first track “Eastbound” is a glittering, upbeat song slickly produced by Toronto’s own SammySosa Beats, with a feature from Brooklyn NY rapper/singer Savy. LOONY flexes her skills as a singer and a writer, as well as presents her sense of fierce neighborhood pride as she repeats lyrics like “whatever you need, I’m bout it/if ever you need, let me be that somebody”. The premise of the song revolves around catching the last eastbound train back to Scarborough after being in the city all night, and it’s a genuinely fun and catchy song. LOONY even at times shows the boastful and lyrical quick wit of a rapper, with lines like “my crew move like a crook move/and you ain’t changed since highschool”.
Next the tape moves into “RoadDog”, produced by Canadian producer Invention. LOONY tops the unique, bird-chirping instrumental with imaginative and even somewhat jazzy vocals as she dreams of riding around in a car instead of hopping the bus. The next two tracks on the tape are produced by Whoarei, with “Sun Signs” offering a trippy falsetto sound with almost prophetic lyrics as LOONY seems to sing in riddles: “pop, show, me things ive never felt/hot snow, please don’t ever melt/you’re what, we need in this drought”. She also provides us with a bitingly vengeful middle verse that breaks up the song before returning to it’s eerie chorus crooning “I’ll drink the stars tonight/its never enough, put more in my cup”.
The tape finally ends with “Glitter”, an oxymoron of a song, in containing somehow both a lush and yet minimal sound. There’s a certain feeling of nostalgia throughout the whole tape, but especially in this song, as her chanting background vocals seem to embrace the listener in a warm hug, as LOONY introspectively wails over the twinkling instrumental. She describes this song as a song about growing up, and figuring out a direction to help get her out of her inner dreamworld, and this is reflected especially in certain lines as she sings “playing victim/I don’t wanna do that anymore” and “looking at a face I don’t recognize/and its my own”.
The tape ends on a hopeful note, with a thoughtful nod towards the future, and we ourselves feel the same; looking forward to hearing more from the Toronto artist very soon. Have a listen to the full project below.