Optimist but over-thinker Didirri Peters' latest track The Critic has the singer questioning relationship steps and follows earlier releases Raw Stuff and Blue Mood Rising.
"I remember when I was a lot younger I would get into a relationship and think of it as perfect and every little move that didn't go perfect I would question," the Warrnambool born and bred singer-songwriter said.
"I feel like as I've gotten a little bit older I've worked out you can just be comfortable letting it be what it is. Not every relationship has to be the roses and the boom box out the front of the house; it can just be normal.
"I had watched that happen a few times to a few friends, hence the Maybe I should have loved you more/Maybe I should have cared/Maybe I would have sucked out all the air.
"That pre-chorus is the first time in the song that you realise the protagonist is actually wrecking it for themselves by not letting things be peaceful."
The soft-rock song is filled with guitars and drummers and allows listeners to read between the lyrics to reflect on their own motives in relationships.
The accompanying music video, shot amid the coronavirus pandemic following social distancing regulations, saw the Warrnambool export walking on a treadmill with various objects thrown his way.
"I wanted the music video to encompass that idea of coming in perfect and through interacting with all the little things, you ruin it," he said.
"The only time I interact with that apple is when I take a bite out of it. Before that, it was perfect and then I spit it out because it turns out I didn't actually want to see what was on the inside."
Known for creating music for lovers and over-thinkers, Didirri regularly talks about personal matters including his friendships, partners and health.
Ever the performer, he is not frightened by sharing too much information, but rather thrives on it and finds comfort in his expression.
"There's only been one release I was nervous about and that was because I was writing about someone else's personal life," he said.
"There is one point in the process when I get nervous and that is when I am in the middle of writing a song and I feel like I might not finish it.
"It's probably akin to running a marathon where there's this inner wall and you have to push through knowing when you finish it will be really good.
"It's knowing this could be really good and express what I want it too, but I'm at a point where there's something not locking in.
"I don't want to half-bake something for my audience, I want it to be fully fleshed out and ready."
In anticipation of the release of his sophomore EP Sold For Sale, Didirri will broadcast his home studio around the world in a virtual tour.
"I love performing and I can't possibly go another year without a show," he said.
"One of the things I miss most is going to someone's city and bringing the music to them.
"You can watch YouTube and you can watch pre-recorded stuff over and over but it won't feel like you're there."
The Critic Virtual World Tour will stream on September 25 with pay-as-you-want tickets now on sale.
Though his latest release comes in a different format then usual, Didirri has taken the pandemic in his stride and found inventive ways to show his work.
"Usually with a release there's a lot of live shows but now there's a lot of Zoom calls and pre-recorded stuff," he said.
"I've been trying to be a lot more personal with my audience and how we interact like using social media less and going to my mailing list instead.
"I've been hosting Zoom Q and As where we have some one-on-one chats; I feel like people are really craving that and I'm happy to give that time and energy."
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