Gillian Rae Perry’s ‘Gilligil’ gives a true face to mental health

"I went through immense changes in my mental health and began to really feel like I loved myself for the first time in my life"
12 October 2022

By Vee D

If you’re looking for something new, relaxing and meaningful then don’t miss Gilligil. The new album from L.A. artist Gillian Rae Perry is beautiful & heartening.

It’s amazing just how much her entrancing soft vocals stay with you. And the instrumental background is an outstanding layer of intricacy and intensity – a collection of complex yet urgent and intimate tunes, an experimental bedroom pop bliss, that highlights how to start healing from depression and anxiety.

Perry reveals: “I started writing most of this album after I received my diagnosis for Depression with Mixed Features, meaning I experience a wide variety of mood swings, from high highs to very low lows. Many of these songs are my way of processing the way that I have existed in this world without realizing they were not the norm. While writing the album, I went through immense changes in my mental health and began to really feel like I loved myself for the first time in my life. The album is a message of hope and comfort for anyone who is struggling or who has struggled with their mental health. I just want everyone to know that they are not alone. You are seen and you are loved, just the way you are.”

Album’s standout tracks Happening Again, Need Me, Like This, A Reminder and One Day showcase her knack for minimalistic and quirky pop songwriting. Perry’s classical background shines through the album with a variety of sounds that fit wonderfully inside the album’s soundscape. These include touches of string instruments and full harmonies.

Perry explores her own mental health in the album and also the ways that she has been able to cope with the many complexities she experiences as a person with mental illness and to love herself again. One of the things that makes Gillian Rae Perry’s album so engaging is the way she gives a true face to mental health and anxiety. She doesn’t shy away from her personal journey.

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