EP REVIEW: Bridgit Mendler – Nemesis
It’s a known fact that Bridgit Mendler’s debut album “Hello My Name Is” was very under-appreciated. The Disney alum impressed with a diverse exploration of pop while still being under the reigns of Disney and Hollywood Records. After a break between projects she has cut her ties with her previous labels and experimented towards a more RNB and soul influence. “Nemesis” is a four track collection that serves as a taste tester to her forthcoming sophomore studio album. The moody tracks bounce between groovy trip-hop, RNB, folk-soul and alternative pop. Her vocals are still as smooth as honey and while they perfectly represent pop she also successfully genre hops and sounds genuine in the delivery. The songs are lead by the theme of self reflection after a devastating heartbreak and serve as a therapeutic release. The experimentation is bold and commendable with lead single “Atlantis” premiering an abstract sound that does grow on you after a couple of listens. But it’s “Did You Miss Me At All” that commanded my attention instantly experimenting with raw band production and a slight urban delivery. The song echoes raw emotion and an impressive growth giving you a catchy hook that you won’t get out of your head. The slightly folk-soul track “Library” is an intimate moment that focuses on her vocal delivery with the introduction of beats later in the production. Closing the EP with the sassy “Snap My Fingers” she explores a further pop sound that will automatically become one of your favourite new songs. It’s evident that she still knows how to write an infectious hook and give you reflective emotional lyrics. “Nemesis” is a diverse comeback for the songstress full of ambition and potential for a killer album.