Eaves Wilder is set to drop her debut EP, ‘Hookey’, on the 24th of March, via Secretly Canadian. To build anticipation, the singer-songwriter has released the third single from the project, ‘Are You Diagnosed?’.
The track is an exploration of Wilder’s experiences in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS). Speaking on the single, the artist said, “‘Are You Diagnosed?’ is basically a stream-of-consciousness, scream for help rant/report about what it’s like in those awful, quiet waiting rooms, and consulting rooms. As CAHMS is so dangerously underfunded by the government, the deal is- the closer you are to death, the higher up the waiting list you go. Which on average is around 16 months. And people with eating disorders are competitive anyway, so it’s very easy to look around the waiting room, and think, ‘I need to be the most ill person here. I need to get … ill-er than the girl with the bandages on her arms, or the tube up her nose – or I’ll never get treated. I’m going to make my way up that list.’ The key thing is getting your diagnosis. There’s no treatment until diagnosis. You don’t know what is happening to you. And a lot of people doubt you are ill anyway. They (friends, family, teachers) think that you’re making it all up, I think that’s easier for them. And so the biggest question is, over and over: ‘Are you diagnosed? Are you diagnosed?’”
The other tracks on ‘Hookey’ are just as diverse in sound and subject. “It started in the hospital when I was unable to speak my mind, and ended with the decision to share the secret songs I’d been making,” Wilder explains. “My inner dialogue when writing or jamming is MAKE IT MORE HOOKEY!!!! Each song is kind of a different perspective of where I was and why I wasn’t at school, it shows a progression.”
The EP’s tracklisting is as follows:
1. I Stole Your Jumper
2. Are You Diagnosed?
3. Morning Rain
4. Connect The Rooms