Humans are beasts of burden. We evolved to become the dominant species on earth by being kind rather than ruthless, mirroring the behaviors of those we love, and letting strangers into our lives to become members of a community. Needless to say, there are a number of reasons why this doesn’t always work. “Part Of Me”, the closest thing to Toronto singer-songwriter Blunt Chunks’ excellent debut EP, takes into account the contamination that love – both toxic and cherished – can have on our quest for life. ‘individuality.
Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien’s indie rock ballad (created with help from Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning) vacillates between treating the company as a boil ripe to launch and something essential for her own self-realization. “You’re a part of me / I wanna tell you now,” she coos over smug guitar tapes, “You’re taking a part of me / I wanna get you out.” Catharsis builds gradually throughout the song until it explodes into a statement of her need: she needs someone to follow her sleep schedule, love her flaws, and give her the patience she needs. does not have for others or for herself.
Is it selfish? Perhaps. In a press release, Woelfle-O’Brien called the song “a sort of narcissistic anthem… [it’s] very involved and just a pleading cry to heaven to be a better person and have a better life and be loved.” This honesty is what leads to the big hit of “Part Of Me”, a song about getting lost in another person and trying to find your way back in. What could be more human than that?