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“Dopamine” - Ladysse | Review

It seems ridiculous that the key to happiness is really just a chemical in your brain: dopamine. Ladysse’s electro pop song “Dopamine” gives us all a much needed boost of joy.

Ladysse’s soft tone captures all the emotions of desire and the feeling of chasing happiness. Light-hearted pop synths and a catchy beat turn this song into a dancy pop hit that radiates joy. Her production sounds are eerie and edgy, which adds a delightful complexity to the song. She puts deep meaning into her lyrics, singing, “I wanna drown in happy” and ”I know I like to be alone sometimes, it doesn’t mean I will destroy my life.” Ladysse leaves us with the most powerful form of optimism: a shredding guitar solo.

“I’ve had a lot of people in my life turn to drugs or substances of some kind to deal with depression and mental health. It’s so hard to watch the ones you care about go down this road... I think the message I want this song to bring is that it’s ok to reach out when you need help. It’s ok to be alone and try to deal with your thoughts if that’s what you need. What’s not ok is to turn to things that will ultimately cause more harm than good,” says Ladysse.

Ladysse is the stage name of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Stephanie Lauren. She describes her sound as “alternative sass with 808’s class,” taking inspiration from artists like St. Vincent, Charli XCX, and Metric. Raised in Sacramento, Ladysse continues to create music in Detroit while her recent single, “Heartbreak Hollywood,” accumulates over 820,000 streams and counting on Spotify.

Written by Annika Johnson, edited by Hannah Schneider

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