We’ve been (not so) patiently waiting for a proper release from Brooklyn nightlife pillar Macy Rodman—an obsession that sparked with 2014’s John Waters-inspired cut, “Eat Ur Makeup,” and strengthened with her electro-pop trans anthem, “Lazy Girl.” Today, Rodman’s finally graced us with a fantastic four-track EP, HELP, co-produced by longtime collaborator JX Cannon. The project, although compact, offers a full scope of Rodman’s dynamic persona: Humor laced with intent, social awareness met with honest reflection.
Her tongue-in-cheek opener, “DRUG NIGHTS” is the underground, queer equivalent of Madonna’s iconic 1983 hit, “Holiday,” while the EP takes a dark turn on “VIOLENT YOUNG MEN,” where Rodman bravely addresses white cis-gender male supremacy. “I wanna rip out your eyes, I wanna tear off your skin,” she sings with nasally nonchalance, delivering a standout that speaks to the oft overlooked violence against trans individuals today.
“DON’T BREAK MY HEART” is the project’s bittersweet love song, echoing something from Rihanna’s ANTI with a woozy, drunken finish—picture downing six shots of tequila and writing about someone you hate to love in a sudsy 4 a.m. bubble bath. (It’s very that).
For longtime attendees of Rodman’s newly retired Bathsalts party at Don Pedros, the closing Stevie Nicks cover will remind of you of all the humble performances given in that dimly lit, Bushwick hole-in-the-wall. “Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?” Rodman coos over what sounds like a standard karaoke track, recalling those DIY Mondays refreshingly devoid of pretension. There’s something charming, hilarious and quietly emotional about the way Rodman tackles “Landslide”—pure perfection.