SHITKID: THIS IS IT
Hailing from Scandinavia, Åsa Söderqvist is the grunge, pop-rocker every DIY scene needs. After listening to This is It, her popular label of “anti-popstar” makes sense. Going by the name ShitKid, Åsa has created an unapologetic, badass persona that attracts the rebel in us all. Although ShitKid defines herself as alternative pop, there is something reminiscent in her music of the kind of garage-punk your parents hate. Her music is loud and jarring, with all the melodies of a soft, rock girl. Her slightly androgynous style make her the perfect industry-busting rock star. We could do this all day, go back and forth attempting to label who ShitKid is or isn’t, and that’s what makes her so fascinating. She’s presenting us with the dichotomy of what is means to be a musician and entertainer. To further understand Söderqvist we must dig deeper into her latest EP This is It.
The EP starts with a groaning, lo-fi track that contains more angst in it’s four minutes than any of ShitKid’s older releases. Söderqvis moaning 'you’re myyyy faaavooooriiitteee thiiiiiiiinnnnggggg' should come across as uplifting and relatable, instead it feels bleak and dissonant. The tracks provides depth, proving that ShitKid is more than a rambunctious alt-pop act. If the first track was unpleasant to the audience that came for ShitKid’s pop bangers, don’t fear. The following song, “Oh Me I’m Never,” will surely satisfy the bedroom pop desires. It’s a short and sweet song that's upbeat and groovy. Although it might be one of the least memorable pieces on the EP, it does demonstrates the versatility of ShitKid, covering everything from garage rock to pop. For every great pop-punk song, there has to be a heartbreak track to follow. Closing the project is Söderqvis version of a love ballad. “Yooouuu” is tantalizingly romantic. It’s soft nature is comforting yet despairing. The music video for the song accompanies the message quite perfectly. Although it’s a charming song, we hear that same haunting overtone that appeared in “My Favorite Thing,” earlier in the EP. The same grim moan that ShitKid flushes This is It with will be the same moan that rings in the listeners ears long after they’ve finished listening.