If you’ve ever found yourself gently treading back and forth between hurt and hope, One Foot in Front of the Other might just be the next glimmery, pop soundscape to immerse yourself in. In Griff’s debut record, she ponders over the people in life who painfully slip in and out of reach, whilst also honouring those who hold us steady in turbulent times.
Griff cleverly bounces between vibrant colours and tones among each song, from the playful darkness that emerges in the heartbreak of “Black Hole,” to the light that is reclaimed in “Shade of Yellow.” This track emits a warm glow through its soft synth, bathing you in an unwavering trust. The song reminds me of the few people I can seek total solace and comfort in.
These feelings of safety unravel in “Remembering My Dreams,” which recalls the feeling of almost moving on from someone who eventually paves their way back into your dreams. It describes an unwanted temptation that might leave you a little flustered, taunting you with a hopeless fantasy that feels so (momentarily) good to give in to! By ending on “Walk,” Griff finishes with an anthem that bursts in support for the people we love endlessly. She is able to curate a world that is marked by the vulnerability of our relationships, where even the most scattered moments of resilience and joy feel like they matter. With every tentative step forward, Griff leaves behind a sacred trail that glistens in both its pain and relief, giving us much to appreciate and carefully uncover.
“The perfect balance of hope and heartbreak.”