The breakout Toronto artist returns with her third solo EP.
Why Me? is more anxious than Ciel's past releases, but it retains the laidback elements that so often get called "dreamy." It most recalls the full sound of Central's remix of "The Twirler" from 2018's Hundred Flowers EP, with elements that occupy every sonic register, from high end chirps to low end bass rhythms. In both sound and emotion, balance is key. Ciel explains that the EP comes from a place of, "anger, despair, paranoia," while communicating that, "there's always hope for understanding and resolution." This track finds its success in striking such balances.
"Go Fish," a collaboration with Wiretapping, is elated, if off-kilter, with stuttering percussion and a bright melody. "Uri's song," another collaboration with Sims, is darker. "Hipwrecked" is the most functional, sporting a quick tempo and a straightforward rhythm, but it also has the least personality. Even as these tracks delve into heavy terrain, they maintain the buoyant sound present in all of Ciel's work.