I’m Not Okay with this Soundtrack
Release Date: 2020
“So….BloodWitch am I right?” The first line of secondary character Stanley Barber on the Netflix original show I’m Not Okay With This.
Although they have all the credentials, BloodWitch is not a real band and was specially made for the show. The band consisted of once guitarist for Blur, Graham Coxon and singer Tatyana Richaud. They not only performed and wrote for the work of BloodWitch but also performed the soundtrack for Netflix original show The End of the F***ing World.
Straying away from the show and the fakeness of the band, let’s talk about the record itself.
I liked this record a lot more than I thought I was going to. When watching a show or movie with great music, they tend to use the exciting parts of the song for the scene and the rest of the song ends up being shit. But after listing to this record it really does justice for itself without being tied into the show it was created for.
The whole album is a hodgepodge of different sounds with this one unidentified continuous line that ties everything into one. Songs like Skipping Stones and Gotta Have Soul are these upbeat punk rocky fun songs and then songs like Bloody Witch are so creepy and eerie but somehow fit into one big category of sound.
Coming from someone who likes harder rock and punk rock sounds, I found parts of this record to be exactly that; fast and fun with high energy. Where other parts were easy listening; lower energy, yet creepy and still an exciting vibe coming from the sound and the lyrics.
There were lots of cool things also happening with the lyrics. Coxon and Richaud not only alturnated who sang what song but their voices work so well with one another when it came to backgrounds and harmonizing. They both have these original voices that both hold a crazy amount of range, but when it came to singing with one another they created one big voice without it being overpowering.
This record honestly is not for everyone. Most music I think is made for everyone but you have to enjoy the out of ordinary to really appreciate this record for what it is.
Overall, I really liked this record. It worked great for the show (keep your eyes peeled for a review) but also really did great by itself. There were so many different sounds and layering of vocals that even the slower, lower energy songs still had something to keep you engaged and really listening. I would give this album a 4/5.
Although the band was created for a show, you can still listen to BloodWitche’s music on Spotify and find it playing throughout the Netflix Original show I’m Not Okay With This.