Do you ever find yourself seeing something differently for the first time? The beauty of the shadows upon the train tracks you stare at every morning; the immaculate edges of your office building; the flowers starting to bloom in your neighbour’s window box. The first time I heard Tica Douglas’ ‘Joey’, time stood still. It was as if the world around me had become a slow-motion montage of life through naïve eyes, yet with experience behind me, I was able to appreciate this new-found stillness. The world was quiet.
It’s in this stillness that Tica Douglas is able to pick apart the things that unite us all; the anxiety, the butterflies-in-your-stomach, the hope, the despair. “There was a party last night where you used to live / And I wanted to go… but I didn’t” she utters on ‘I Didn’t’, bringing regret to the forefront but turning that regret into a beautiful part of life; commenting on bird songs and sunlight as the song goes on. Tica is a songwriter that will make you appreciate the smaller things.