While Summer Walker’s last full-length album was definitely “Deeper,” her new EP satisfies all moods with new sounds and styles. The extended play titled Life On Earth dropped this past Friday, July 10, and has brought varying reactions from fans.
Although some are disappointed, many listeners are loving the new vibes and artistic tunes perfect for the feels of the summer.
At just five tracks and running only 16 minutes long, it’s hard to get a full taste of what this EP is truly working. Prior to it’s release, there were no singles put out, leaving no room for speculation about how it would be, but excitement nonetheless.
However, Walker brought lowkey musician NO1-Noah to the table on not just one, but two tracks: “SWV,” and “White Tee.”
The middle track “My Affection” is also a feature with artist PARTYNEXTDOOR who Walker has previously teamed up with on Over It track “Just Might,” proving that the two are an unbreakable pair.
Some disliked the fact that these features, especially the ones including an unfamiliar voice, left less room for Summer, but I personally loved the addition of fresh feels.
For NO1-Noah, I’m sure this was a super beneficial experience and he will definitely gain fans and have committed listeners for when his own EP is released.
Both of the tracks he worked on were super sexual, which made the addition of another person even better. Walker also released an interesting music video for the song “White Tee,” where Aliens danced around and discussed what they thought of the Earth music. This weirdness and eccentricity sets Walker apart from any other artist in her genre, which really shows she is not afraid to be herself.
The song SWV references the 90’s R&B group of the same name and makes use of their songs “Weak,” and “Rain,” in some lines.
“Oh, like SWV / I love it raining on me / I love it when you touching on me / It’s like water, oh, no, don’t drown / Oh, like SWV / I like sexing in the backseat / I got seven days to make your knees weak / I’ll hit it right to make sure that you don’t leave me.”
Though these couple songs were full of sensuality, others on the EP are sure to make you cry.
The first track, “Let It Go,” is an acoustic ballad, with a meaning that Walker spilled to Apple Music. “‘Let It Go’ is about when you are so blindly in love that you fail to see the person you’re in love with for who they really are. After ignoring all the signs and your intuition, you get to a point where you just gotta let it go—and doing so will allow better love into your life in the long run,” she spoke. Many people can relate to this kind of situation and have loved someone who wasn’t necessarily good for them or to them. Because people can literally feel the emotions that Summer is conveying, the album is even more likable.
“Deeper,” is the last track and another more emotional one where many people have experienced the same heartbreaks that Walker discusses. “It’s a song that talks about how to go deeper in love. In this scenario, say there’s a certain someone that you have fallen for and you all in but it don’t feel like y'all on the same page—you keep your heart open and believe all the sweet talk and promises they make. Over time, you get them to understand that it’s deeper than just saying you will do something—they actually gotta put forth real effort and keep their word,” Walker stated via Apple Music.
There could have definitely still been more authenticity and versatility brought to this project, and it surely doesn’t live up to “Over It” in my opinion. Nevertheless, it is an amazingly done mini-album and nothing this woman creates is bad. Life On Earth is a work of art that any music lover should check out and gets me even more excited for new music from the singer in the future.
I would give this EP 3.5 out of 5 Swoops.