Gimmy Flowens continues to showcase her versatility and storytelling dexterity with ‘Trying’ — a fresh guitar-driven indie rock ballad that asserts itself both lyrically and instrumentally.
Opening with a sombre shade, the fourth official release from Gemma Owen’s solo project begins with picked guitar notes that encircle the vocal, while a wailing harmonica melody (inspired by her late Irish Grandfather) sets a sympathetic mood as the desperation builds. Patience runs dry when the drums attack with a stern, yet supportive call to action, “You said that you were trying”, reinforcing her demands.
The song jangles forward while guitar lead lines and vocals take on a call-and-response approach that shifts through empathetic breakdowns and the persuasive lyrical motif. Gimmy cleverly uses her instrumental arrangement to drive the message home with confident percussive strikes that precede the chorus. Gimmy’s wisdom shines lyrically throughout, “It’s up to you to drive or to be driven... Which way do you want to go?” A testament to the intellectual depth of the NSW Northern Rivers’ songwriter.
“‘Trying’ is about taking responsibility for your own life, to improve or change something that isn’t nourishing your life,” says Gimmy. “To try is the best action. We’ve all experienced feeling bogged down by societal pressures, comfortability and negative habits. This song is a reminder that we won’t stop growing, evolving, moving and changing — you’re not a mouldy cabbage in the cupboard.”
‘Trying’ is out on December 17th and is the title track of her debut 3-track EP, featuring preceding singles ‘Vulnerable’ and ‘Don’t Be Afraid’. As a whole, Gimmy Flowens’ EP is about breaking free from self doubt — to motivate and empower yourself. Each track is written as though Gimmy is being brutally honest about her own flaws, while encouraging herself and those listening, to do our best.