Rat Habitat Puts Their ‘Daddy Issues’ On Display


Rat Habitat Daddy Issues Still

The relationship between father and daughter can often be a complicated one, especially when coupled with feelings of abandonment on the daughter's behalf. This relationship and all of the complex feelings left in its wake are explored in the latest single from duo Rat Habitat, "Daddy Issues." The single, the second one taken from the Brooklyn-based duo's upcoming EP, finds lead singer Melanie Charles, aka D'Flower, attempting to make sense of it all after the passing of her estranged father, wondering if its possible to miss someone whom she barely knew. For his part, Charles' partner-in-music, Jordan Peters, aka Commissioner Wallace, crafts a track that lies somewhere in between moody and dreamy, providing the perfect backdrop for Charles to lay bare the tangled emotions that she finds herself battling. Musician Jesse Fischer also lends a hand, contributing Rhodes and organs to this emotionally raw song.

Directed by Ohene Cornelius, the accompanying clip is a strong outing for his directorial debut, with the director taking great care to show the inner conflict that Charles struggles with. He shows her through the various stages of grief. One particularly jarring scene shows her crying, sweating and yelling out her pain. "I listened to the song 150 times and thought, 'What would her father want to see? What would an audience who's never seen Melanie or heard Rat Habitat want to feel from their first encounter," Cornelius told AfroPunk. Though the subject matter is heavy, Rat Habitat does a great job of humanizing such a difficult topic.

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