'Manic Pixie Dreamgirl' comes less than a year on from Adanna's debut EP 'Stardive', which was featured on the site here. The 7-track EP was written by Adanna Duru herself, and she also co-produced every track on the EP, alongside Wiidope (Esperanza Spalding, Nicole Scherzinger, Todrick Hall), indietronica powerhouse Clearside (Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother), Dauman Records' Nick Jameson, and burgeoning musician Ear Mac.
The title and concept of the EP came from a Adanna heard during one of her creative writing courses in the Riverside campus of University of California. The character, who Adanna says is very weird and quirky, is the central subject on the entire EP ,she further adds that "...We only see her from the perspective of the male protagonist. We don't get to see her past, her desires, her struggles, or her dreams..." At 7 tracks long, it's quite short but definitely makes up for it in it's unique style and unbridled musical explorations.
While the foundation of the EP is pure R&B, Adanna goes for a more progressive and eclectic approach throughout the project. The dreamy ethereal opener and title track "Manic Pixie Dreamgirl" talks about overcoming rejection, while the thumping synth-heavy "One Way Street" addresses just how fake the music industry can be. The Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills Bills" inspired "Dreams That Keep You Up At Night", to the atmospheric R&B bop "Doll" about refusing to be a 'trophy wife', Adanna has put together an impeccable and captivating set of songs for our listening pleasure.
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