The phenomenon of impostor syndrome, something most of us have either heard about or experienced first hand, often refers to an internal and individual belief that you are not as qualified or capable as others perceive you to be. On her second EP Imposter, Miss Grit (aka Margaret Sohn) proves she is anything but her record’s namesake. This self-released offering depicts Sohn’s misplaced feelings of being fraudulent through her own lens, and addresses her life-long journey through racial impostor syndrome which she experienced as a half-Korean girl growing up in the white suburbs of Michigan.
‘Don’t Wander’ is a short and sweet-sounding start of strings and murmured vocals which sets the listener up for guttural gusto in later tracks when these sceptical thoughts begin to take a firmer hold. “If they think you’re somebody / You’ll have to prove you’ve got what they want,” sings Sohn in ‘Buy The Banter’ which is a more explicit narrative of power plays in our attempts to stay relevant and the incessant need to convince others of our abilities.
“I wish I was blonde”, Sohn coos in the ethereal intro to ‘Blonde’, its choral crescendo shows harmonies that echo Shoegaze veterans Ride, and aurally signifies how these thoughts can be overly intrusive. ‘Grow Up To’ acts as an audible wish-list as Sohn continually longs to achieve more, while musically, it demonstrates how the multi-instrumentalist can merge gnarly guitars and luscious melodies to create powerful soundscapes that boast a well-produced polish. ‘Dark Side of the Party’ is a perkier extension of these sounds and recalls those of fellow polymath St. Vincent.
Despite anxieties of impersonating musicians, Sohn has created a cathartic collection of tracks which sees her put a sonic stamp on her ever growing talents as a musician, singer and producer. If this is the soundtrack to self-doubt, what delights can we expect to hear from the eventual sounds of self-confidence?
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