Single Review: 'Summer's Eyes' by Cortney Dixon
Heartbreak is almost an inevitability in a human being’s lifetime, and a topic that’s been covered in music time, time and time again. Breathing a fresh lease of life into a subject that’s so persistently done is a difficult task to say the least, but Cortney Dixon’s new release ‘Summer’s Eyes’ tackles the job well and truly head on.
For me, one of the main telltale signs of a great song is the ability to effortlessly convey some kind of authentic emotion in a piece of work. Something tangible, so the listener hangs on to every last word the artist is saying. Cortney absolutely has a knack for this, as she so gracefully demonstrates in this massively anticipated debut release.
As she takes us through the narrative of the song, we’re introduced to Summer, who Cortney discloses began life as a fictional character until their circumstances unfortunately overlapped. The regretful lyrical undertones guide us through Summer’s story of an unfaithful relationship, and being at the receiving end of betrayal.
It dabbles with the idea of forgiveness being the easiest way to let go of something painful, and having the upper hand by wishing someone well, even if they’ve done you wrong. This fresh take on heartbreak is one which is refreshing to hear, and is definitely food for thought.
Cortney’s vocals begin as a whisper, slow and chilling, building gradually. The ambience of the track bursts into life, and continues to grow into the alt-pop gem that it is.
A song that’s even better the second time round, ‘Summer’s Eyes’ is a true ear worm, with its chant-style chorus sitting at the core. Swelling synths and folky guitar support the catchy melodies, and the clever arrangement of the piece makes it ever so pleasing dynamically.
Her originality is reminiscent of pioneers like Kate Bush, Paloma Faith and Stevie Nicks, and the unsettling-turned-empowered feeling that’s instilled over the course of 3 minutes 33 seconds is a surefire sign that Cortney’s job here is done. Although, hopefully this is just the start.
‘Summer’s Eyes’ is a debut truly worth the wait, and is a sublime offering from one of the North East’s most intriguing and exciting up and comers.
Photography: Michael Sreenan