Growing up in the church, I was always taught that things will be okay and everything is being looked after, and everything is part of some bigger plan. It was something I was taught to put my blind trust in, and for my entire childhood I did. But when I was in my mid-teens I walked away from all that, and since then I’ve had to face the world from a more realistic, tangible perspective.
Sometimes these things we have to face are terrifying, and these days it feels more than ever we’re having to face them. Sometimes it would be comforting to go back to whatever it was I had complete faith and trust in to know that maybe everything will be okay.
And that’s what this song here is all about. Let The Dog Out is an exploration of these thoughts from Melbourne singer-songwriter Juice Webster as she feels the unanswerable, bigger questions weighing heavy on her mind.
The song details this narrative of Webster going through her day, bearing these heavy thoughts like a ball and chain restrained to her mind. As these thoughts circle around and around, so does each line during the song’s verses, using an epistrophe technique so the listener can feel the constant repetition of these thoughts:
Get up early and I / Let the dog out and I
Feel it coming and I / Want to stop it so I
Go out walking where I / Hear people talking then I
Don’t feel so lonely ‘cause I’ve / Got them around me and I
What the folk artist does throughout her day is fairly mundane stuff, but you get the sense that in her regular routine there’s another routine cycle of deeper thoughts clouding her mind. It’s a hazy feeling you can hear through the guitars and percussion that reach the listener with this lo-fi, but soft touch. To let Juice Webster share her words on the song:
“Let The Dog Out is about waking up in the morning and straight away anticipating the onset of the heavy feelings that stem from the big questions. It’s about trying your best to fight them off by going for a walk to be around other people, or by trying to believe in something in order to find meaning, but not quite being able to”.
Let The Dog Out is Juice Webster’s first for 2020, after releasing a string of singles and EP’s in the past couple of years under both her own name and experimental electronic project Hemm. The music Webster is releasing here as a solo artist is captivating and exciting, writing songs that feel akin to Phoebe Bridgers, Sweater Curse, or Jade Imagine - or at least somewhere in that realm.
But upon hearing this song, you’ll hear why this strikes me so closely for its relevance and relatability. But it’s also a stunning performance, and like its narrative, it’s been on repeat in my mind all day.