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Review: "This House" - Meg Chandler

This House by Meg Chandler cover art

Meg Chandler is here with the second single, “This House” off her debut EP! In this track, Meg paints this vulnerable, intimate picture of a difficult period of her and her family’s life, filled with trauma and turmoil. Through this difficult time however, they were renovating their house, which is how the title was born. Her family was being built from foundation back up, just like her house was. Meg uses metaphors such as “the windows are leaking/there’s holes in the ceiling/this house can’t take anymore hits” vividly describe her personal life. In the chorus, she questions her future of her family and her house, asking “if I died tomorrow/would this house hold itself up?” She remembers all the times she treasured, reminiscing on the days her family used to play in the flowerbeds. But now, “the rooms have all been emptied” and “the walls have all been painted red.” Despite the trauma that plagues her, her family, and her house, there’s this feeling of growing strength throughout the song, proving that a family can be rebuilt again. 

“This House” is a luscious, moody folk pop track. The track, inspired by the aftermath of her father’s track, has emotions oozing throughout the production and her vocals. The song is introduced with sweeping synths that shrink and grow through the course of the song, while a plucked acoustic guitar line takes center stage sonically once Meg starts singing. In the chorus, a drum beat is introduced, but the track still retains its grounded feeling and chill vibe. The interlude after the second chorus features this twinkly piano piano line accompanied by Meg’s echoes. After this, the production is boiled down to just a piano and her vocals before swooping in for the last grand chorus. Being able to condense such deep trauma into a song that is only 3 minutes and 30 seconds long is a difficult feat, but Meg and her producers did it with such grace and brilliance.

Meg Chandler is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from the dreamy countryside of Shropshire. She grew up surrounded by music, with her music-enthusiast parents always playing their favorite records. Her music is inspired by the tunes she grew up with, taking influence from indie and folk music with a hint of pop. Her music is reminiscent of artists such as Lizzy McAlpine and Phoebe Bridgers, with vulnerable lyrics and tender vocals. Meg made her debut in 2022 with her single, “Woodland”, and has since garnered support from BBC Shropshire, BBC Hereford + Worcester, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6, which has gained her notoriety across the UK. Additionally, she just wrapped up a tour around England. Although Meg is early on in her career, she has already proved herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Written By Lauren DiGiovanni



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