Two years after releasing their debut album Okay, Swedish duo Wy return with their hypnotising second record, Softie. Self-described as “turbulent”, “back and forth” and “non-conforming” this is the album I didn’t know I needed in my life.
Formed in 2015, the duo comprises of Ebba Agren and Michel Gustafsson. With a similar sound to Cigarettes After Sex, this eleven track album is a combination of dreamy shoegaze melodies combined with raw, truthful and unapologetic words about mental health, vulnerability and growing up.
“I want them to stare at me…And wonder if I’ve gone insane
Wonder what I’m thinking of…Try to make some sense of me”
This hit me right in the feels. As someone who has struggled with mental health – that mainly stems from the immense pressure of being in my twenties and not knowing what the f*ck I’m doing – there’s something so beautifully reassuring in these lyrics and knowing it’s ok to feel these things. Wy have said that “Softie is ultimately about releasing the pressure off of yourself and we want to encourage our listeners to do that same”.
“I just wanna tell you how I feel…But I don’t talk about my misery
Can’t bring myself to say I love you…I just hope you know”
The whole album feels like a celebration of being human and allowing yourself to feel, to grow, to cope, with each individual song playing a part in this journey of self-acceptance.
The standout track for me is Twenty-two Dreaming. The twinkling guitar and atmospherical synth lend a convivial tone to the song, contrasting to the lyrics which Wy themselves say are “kind of dark”. It takes you on a journey as the guitar merges with a heavier more distorted sound as Ebba’s poignantly tender vocals gain depth as she sings “Don’t want to feel the grey of it, always”.
What I love about Softie is that however real it is, it’s not downbeat. It has a lovely sense of hopeful optimism because guys; it’s ok to feel and talk about these things. We’re all human.
Wy themselves say, “Remember that there is no shame in being vulnerable, in being unstable, in feeling very much all the time. Keep feeling, be an explosion, be unhinged, be chaotic, BE A SOFTIE”.