“...HIS MUSIC IS CATCHY AF AND I CAN’T HELP SINGING ALONG. I GUESS YOU CAN CALL THIS INDIE ROCK—IT’S A BIT FOLKY, AND A BIT ARTY, AND HAS A THROWBACK 60S VIBE TO IT WITH THE ORGAN OOM-BOP AND WEIRD AND WAVY SYNTHS. DONNIE DOOLITTLE CAPTURES A BALANCE OF LIGHTHEARTED RETRO POP WITH A DARK AND OMINOUS UNDERCURRENT OF CACOPHONOUS MELODY.” - Meghan MacRae
Get Into The Off-Kilter Indie Rock Of DONNIE DOOLITTLE “When A Woman”
When Donnie Doolittle asks us, “What’s wrong when a woman/Wants to take a man?” I start digging into the hypocrisy of how our society simultaneously slut-shames women while expecting women to be ready to sexually satisfy men, even the ones who hate them. I keep listening to his track “When A Woman” off his upcoming album DREAMY D because it reminds me how rare it is to hear a cis-gendered man say he understands and appreciates that women have a sexual appetite, too. And it’s not tied to her status as “good” or “bad.” She’s just a human that wants a fuck.
Plus his music is catchy AF and I can’t help singing along. I guess you can call this indie rock—it’s a bit folky, and a bit arty, and has a throwback 60s vibe to it with the organ oom-bop and weird and wavy synths. Donnie Doolittle captures a balance of lighthearted retro pop with a dark and ominous undercurrent of cacophonous melody. I’d love to see him perform live, and if you’re in the Charlotte, NC, area on November 27th then fuck celebrating a colonizer holiday and instead go see Donnie Doolittle for free at Snug Harbor with Funeral Chic and Dipstick.
So take a minute with me to watch Donnie Doolittle’s video for “When A Woman,” and to all of those reading this, I hope you have mind-blowing consensual sex with someone in the very near future.
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Southern New Wave Artist Donnie Doolittle Croons his Critique of Utopian Fantasies with his Latest Single
Charlotte, North Carolina is where independent musician Donnie Doolittle calls home. His moody, cinematic music calls to mind Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Jack Ladder, Timber Timber, Lee Hazlewood, Johnny Paycheck, and John Carpenter.
His first single, “Utopia’s Shit”, from his upcoming album Dreamy D, is an absolute gem. Doolittle’s deep croon is brimming with melancholy and deep emotion. One can imagine it playing as someone orders an old-fashioned at a dive bar and hangs their head with introspection and regret. Groove-driven with heavy layers, the song breaks into a large, captivating chorus with dark synths and macabre plays on pop sensibility.
Both the studio and live versions of the song are available on YouTube, each with their own charms. Doolittle’s live presence is commanding and emotional for this particular brand of societal dirge.
The video for “When A Woman” is pure Southern Gothic, with a more uptempo narrative and accompanying video with a few menacing Kubrick stares and highwayman sensibility. The song is straight from the ne’er do well playbook of Lee Hazlewood, slightly unhinged. It’s bone-chilling…and catchy. For an artist so fiercely independent, Doolittle’s unique storytelling and songwriting skills are world-class.