Paola Bennet tricks you into a soothing state. “My Mother Says” begins as a plaintive examination of mental health, but it musically erupts with volcanic fire with reedy rhythms and scratching string work. “Something holds me quick,” she sings. “Molasses stuck between my ribs.”
Bennet’s voice is equally deceiving, first as smooth as syrup and then switching into a reedier tone. “I want to hit the walls until they break,” she lashes out, the song building into a soft rock song. It’s jarring, but that’s the point.
Listen to “My Mother Says.”