Robyn Payne’s new release Dripping Down My Heart is the follow-up to Jimmy, released earlier this year. The new track features guest vocalist Elise Beattie, with lyrics written by collaborator Casey Pilcher. Jimmy’s appeal rested on two characteristics, the musical side, a straight rock-based backdrop with a pop-tinged melody, and a lyric that acted as a compact narrative. This same combination is harnessed with Dripping Down My Heart, except the music veers more towards blues-rock. The lyric is far more expansive, fusing many images and concepts into a uniting whole, a splendidly ambiguous title crowning it all.
When a track opens with the following lines, ‘In my soul is an open plain, dry and parched like an empty lakebed / Howling wind through the barren range, I’ll never let em hear it again’, you know you’re in for somewhat of a rather atypical musical ride. Dripping Down My Heart is just that. The song kicks off with the track’s commanding guitar riff, a series of descending staccato notes whose hooky qualities are undoubtedly due to its percussive inventiveness as much as it is to its melodic shine. This guitar phrase interlocks with the verses and the chorus, serving as a recurring interlude, continually equalising the song along the way. The first half of the track contains a repeated cycle of this combination of riff, verse and chorus until a more melodic guitar part guides the track into another more temperate zone. A stripped-back groove ensues, evoking more of a traditional blues air until it segues into the expected but no less effective guitar solo. Another cycle of verse and chorus follow, with the lead riff closing the track. This marriage of roots-based, organic guitar-led music with a more reasoned, thoughtful, and ultimately fertile lyric positions the track in its own little niche, despite some of the apparent signature traits of a blues-rock style.
As an insight into the track’s origins, co-writer Casey Pilcher says, ‘Songwriting began as a simple personal challenge which then transformed to an outlet for life’s various emotions and stories, whilst entertaining some dreams of commercial interest.’ Dripping Down My Heart is accessible contemporary rock that carefully navigates its way down from history to reach a peak of noteworthy appeal. Just as Jimmy attracted extensive coverage on ABC Local, Triple R and a host of other media outlets, Dripping Down My Heart is sure to receive the same attention.