Danielle Knibbe’s EP, Infatuation, amplifies the contrast when love crosses the emotional divide from passion to obsession.
Love messes with your biology in the craziest ways. I know that’s not the most profound observation a music blogger can make, but hearing Prairie-born-Toronto-based singer-songwriter Danielle Knibbe’s folksy, countrified take on love’s complexities helps drive the point home in a poignant manner. Being in a vulnerable place emotionally myself certainly didn’t hurt matters any, but Knibbe’s songwriting and open style on her Infatuation EP amplifies the contrast when love crosses the emotional divide from passion to obsession and back again.
Like its title suggests, “Agony” toils in the tougher aspects of falling in love, offering up rock-styled resistance and a defensive layer of lyrical cynicism and humour against giving in to the object of Knibbe’s infatuation. On “Simple Love”, though, she’s dived head-first into a pool of emotions, overwhelmed by feelings but warmed by the simple pleasures and comfort that comes with finding a soul to reciprocate love.
In either case, Knibbe says she’s written about meeting and falling in love with the man who is now her husband, approaching both songs with a first-person perspective that lends the songs a lived-in, honest viewpoint. “Agony” and “Simple Love” play off and compliment one another with a yin and yang symbiosis that captures the pain, pleasure, confusion, and complexity of love.