October 17, 2016

EP: Flunkie - Bloodfear

Flunkie’s aesthetic is raw in its celebration of pure and unfiltered lusciousness. 

Bloodfear is the fourth short release from the hyper-sweet Flunkie, a soloist known to the Internet as simply Twila. They remain mostly anonymous, but use their delicate honey-toned bedroom pop to bring pure serenity to their listeners. Bloodfear is already Flunkie’s second release this year, a follow-up to an EP from April titled I Have Never Been Interesting! The title track is the first of three songs – each one as candied and feminine as the feathery pinks of Twila’s album art and harmonious online presence. In addition to Flunkie’s docile musical style, you can also find a related Tumblr page; a collection of photographs of beautiful women of all races, posed in ways that showcase their unique personal softness. “Bloodfear,” the titular track, is the most graphic of the three, evoking images of blood and guts to symbolize emotional vulnerability. “We were drunk and I slit / my body open / you looked away / while I bled, / I bled / I'm a gut fish / insides on the tile / in the kitchen.” Aside from its implications of self-harm, these lyrics allude to the feeling of drunkenly spilling your guts (as the saying goes), when your thoughts and feelings pour out of you thanks to alcohol’s inhibition-lowering properties.

Flunkie’s lyrics are rife with unyielding delicateness and read more like short poems. The second track from Bloodfear, “Fight,” shows an honest capacity for darkness, in which Twila sings, “I couldn't fight you / why would I want to? / Ruin me like you know you want to / break the skin / a little more.” Flunkie’s aesthetic is raw in its celebration of pure and unfiltered lusciousness. Bloodfear ends with “Lemon Water.” The lyrics pinpoint a very specific feeling of being overwhelmed with the complexities of life, so much so that you lose control of the simpler things, for example, accidentally spilling your lemon water. The EP closes on a final message, “If I make it through the night / Then I'll make it through the night.” Sometimes making it through the night is the best you can do, and Flunkie reminds us to celebrate all small victories, and forgive ourselves for all small failures.


Listen to Flunkie on bandcamp.

Leann Bescript, a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase, full-time nanny and freelance journalist. Generally, she is regarded as the all-knowing 5-second-rule referee in the workplace, or anywhere else that anyone might've accidentally dropped food and needed moral support to eat it anyway.