Rich, highly personal house.
The EP's mesmerising standout, "I Need You," complements Brooke's artwork. A ten-minute ode to a tapestry of friends, family and lovers, it's like a cosmic love letter. Gentle vocals ripple over spacey breakbeats, marking the first time Octo Octa has recorded her own voice since transitioning. "I need you," she says. "Thank you for being there, it means so much to me." "Bodies Meld Together" is less shimmer, more punch. An autobiographical snapshot of an intensely spiritual physical encounter, snappy hi-hats and crisp drums lay the foundations for a throwback vocal riff, warm synths and fluttering keys. There's a slight loss of momentum in the later moments—one unnecessary reprise, perhaps—but "Bodies Meld Together" remains fluid and sensual, its textures entwined like tangled limbs.
Octo Octa made "Loops For Healing," a more downtempo melodic house cut, shortly after the 2017 release of Where Are We Going? It lay untouched for over a year until she played it out in a club. In the midst of a frustrating DJ set, it proved restorative, a reminder that music allows her to adopt the role of the healer and the healed. With vulnerability comes strength, and each Octo Octa record further builds a catalogue that serves as a rich, therapeutic memoir.