Strawberry Milkshake is this year’s second release by Floor Cry, the moniker of Winnipeg singer-songwriter Felicia Sekundiak. Following her first full-length LP, Caterpillar Daydream, this three-song EP is short but sweet.
There’s something to be said for a project that’s all killer, no filler, and that’s really what Strawberry Milkshake is. Using some of her strongest and most well-crafted songs to date, Floor Cry takes us on a brief journey through a dream pop soundscape.
The EP’s opener and title track is a lovesick malaise, rooted in escapism and yearning. We’ve all had a crush that we’d rather spend time daydreaming about than doing our jobs, because what’s life without a little romantic pining?
Sekundiak’s ethereal vocals and twinkling keys pair perfectly on what is probably the EP’s strongest track. The beachy vibes and themes of a desire to just be somewhere else with someone else carry over into the next song as well.
“I’m not usually like this,” the second track, somehow manages to rip a page from Holden Caulfield’s diary and have it come across as endearing. Floor Cry’s usually subdued and breathy vocals contain an extra punch that hits the listener with the relatable feeling of being sick and tired of “goddamn phonies.”
This song may be the moodiest on the EP, but it never loses its cool, bedroom indie charm and lets itself become abrasive or too embittered.
The final and shortest song, “Pinwheel Mind”, is also the most joyful. In a welcome contrast to the other tracks, “Pinwheel Mind” is more manic than depressive. The lyrics dealing with overwhelming and surprising happiness are complimented by the slightly chaotic instrumentation.
With a great closer to this EP, one can’t help but be left hungry for more. Strawberry Milkshake is exactly what we wanted from Floor Cry, and it is hopefully a taste of what we can expect to see in the future from the talented songstress. While the EP is not long, it doesn’t need to be. It’s a sweet dessert to Caterpillar Daydream.
Published in Volume 71, Number 12 of The Uniter (November 24, 2016)