“Gave me reasons to despise September / What’d it do to me?” That’s a good question, Ayoni – what did September do to you? The Barbadian singer despises the ninth month on “September” because her lover ‘did her wrong.’ Sadly, September falls victim to this no-good man. Essentially, Ayoni must atone for a shitty September as well as a shitty man who’s a total heartbreaker.
The good news for Ayoni is, she works through the ‘winter of her discontent’ – well, summer/fall of her discontent if we’re being technical! “But October’s real pretty / If you wanted to know,” she sings on the chorus, viewing October as a rebound from an unfortunate September. She later adds, “And when the sun came up / Something new had filled your place / So, I’m dancing on this train / And I’m blanking on your name / And my love for you is gone.” Following a period of hurt, she’s healing, with things are righting themselves.
As Ayoni shares her pain, and works through atonement, she delivers an authentic, emotional vocal performance. The production is darker, playing as the perfect soundtrack to her heartbreak. The songwriting is relatively simple yet telling and relatable. Despite her pain, “September” is a sweet listening experience – a vibe. The sound atones in its own right!
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