I’d be in denial if I said that there aren’t an immense number of talented singer-songwriters out there going unnoticed. New Jersey indie-pop artist Maggie Trapani certainly doesn’t deserve the same treatment with her guitar focused, peppy/feel-good music and highly enunciated vocals that don’t get lost between the instrumentation. She had a lot to prove in her debut EP Life of a Perpetual Quitter, and let’s just say she’s not ready to blend in with the rest of the singer-songwriter pool.
Trapini has that quirky Lenka meets Ingrid Michaelson vibe going for her and her songwriting style appeals to the young adult generation trying to figure out their lives. Take the EP’s beginning track and lead single “Open Road” for example. It’s a relatively upbeat, Natasha Bedingfield-eque song about how we should all take some time away from the crazy hustle and bustle of life for our own sanity. She almost creates a character and a visual scenario of a road trip within her lyrics in order to really connect with her listener, which is most likely someone between their late teens to late twenties.
She continues the narrative with “New York Won’t Love You,” in which it seems that our character has decided to up and leave the life they had to venture on a new quest. The sing-songy track packs a punch with the very real situation of thinking that we have this bright idea to try something new on a whim and it majorly disappoints us (ie: work, relationships, lifestyle, etc.). Trapini ends her EP with indie folk/slightly country “Oh What A Life.” It’s an anthem that encourages us to remember that while sometimes we make mistakes there are always going to be supporters ready to set us back on the right track.
I chose to skip over the EP’s third track “Bonnie & Clyde” purely because it didn’t exactly fit with the overall theme of making your own adventures through life. It’s actually a great narrative of history’s most famous partners in crime and I hope she decides to include it on a full length album one day. Overall, Life of a Perpetual Quitter is an empowering debut that suggests that it’s up to no one else but us to make our dreams come true. Perfect for any of us who may not know what exactly they want to fulfill in their lives.