WATCH: Maria-M – ‘Endtimes’

Having previously captivated us as front person of ambient alt-pop outfit Grawl!x at the last gig we put on at The Finsbury, Maria-M has now shared their first solo offering.

A song of hope during this uncertain period, ‘Endtimes’ flows with glitchy hooks and swirling atmospherics, creating a euphoric, cinematic soundscape, propelled by the captivating majesty of Maria’s soaring vocals. Oozing a twinkling musicality and effervescent charm along with uplifting ’80s-infused vibes, it’s a perfectly uplifting offering, tugging at the heartstrings with a poignant, stirring emotion.

‘Endtimes’ is accompanied by a beautifully hand-crafted video, reflecting on the feelings of isolation that come with lockdown, but with an overriding sense of hope and unity within the LGBTQ+ community. Depicting a transgender couple communicating whilst separated during the pandemic, it’s a heartfelt and moving visual accompaniment to the track.

Of the song and video, Maria expands:

“… it’s a song of hope, reminding myself mostly that though things can seem a little overwhelming these days, things are hopefully getting better (particularly for marginalised groups) & that while there are doomsdayers, the naysayers; there are also brave wonderful folks who are fighting to make people’s lives better… I decided it would be nice to convey this through a trans couple Yvonne & Chloe, who have been separated because of the pandemic but are there for each other with love & here’s hoping – I chose to use text-to-speech voices cos I thought it sounded cool!

Watch the video for ‘Endtimes’ here:

‘Endtimes’ is out now via Year Of Glad, a Derby based collective specialising in outsider music, art and writing. The track features a garage influenced remix by label mate Tom John Hall, and a stunning nine minute ambient B side, and all funds will be donated to the charity Derbyshire LGBT+. Download/buy on Bandcamp now.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Laura Mi

Premiere: Ana De Llor – ‘Penelope’

Having previously received acclaim from the likes of BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, Lisbon-born London-based artist Ana De Llor has now shared her haunting second single.

Inspired by Greek mythology and women’s place in society, ‘Penelope’ is propelled by the tribal beats of Portuguese frame drums and a glitchy groove, as the soaring, subtle power of De Llor’s rich majestic vocals flows over an innovative, electro-infused soundscape. A truly spellbinding offering bathing in a sparkling hypnotic allure and exquisite cinematic grace.

Of the meaning behind the track, De Llor expands:

“As a woman, I feel we are not allowed to be as sexually liberated, the same way Penelope wasn’t in the Odyssey. It was expected of her to turn down any suitors that came onto her while her husband was away on an indefinite journey that amounted to twenty years in the end. While away, he made the decision to move on and lay with Goddesses, nymphs and common girls alike. I wanted to imagine a world where Penelope moved on and chose to be happy instead. Where she put her needs and her desires first.”

 

‘Penelope’ is out tomorrow, 26th June.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

Track Of The Day: BABii – ‘Beast’

In her new dreamy electro single ‘Beast’, Margate-based artist and producer BABii arranges a harmonious meeting spot where stretched synths and longing lyrics dance in the air. With a tasteful distance between sounds, BABii’s production footprint is minimalistic and distinctive – painting a rather vast soundscape within a lo-fi/bedroom-pop context.

Creating the ideal quirky bedroom palette, and then expanding upon that so elegantly seems quite natural to BABii as she resembles experimental artists like FKA Twigs and Clairo. Her eerie bass that tiptoes beneath the mix sets the temperature in which the emotionally icy song sits. Building from the song’s start, the instruments seem to slowly gather and linger to then hit hard as ever in BABii’s in-your-face chorus. Polyrhythmic relationships between the song’s vocal melodies and instrumentals make for a fascinating and emotive evolution of the ‘Beast’. This bubbling sonic space mirrors the yearning feelings BABii suggests in her lyrics discussing distance and its push and pull side effects.

Being in “the belly of the beast” is emotionally confrontational and cathartic as BABii’s ‘Beast’ unravels and brings light to its true narrative. 

 

iii, the upcoming new EP from BABii, is out 27th March. Catch her live this week:

4th March – London, Lafayette supporting Grouplove
5th March – Newcastle, Cobalt

Jillian Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Photo Credit: Daisy Warne and Gus Sharpe

LISTEN: Kat Five – ‘Butterfly Wings’

Having been big fans of electro punk duo Feral Five for some time now, it is with excitement that we’re able to share the debut solo single from Kat Five.

Inspired by a butterfly that flew into the studio one day, ‘Butterly Wings’ reflects on the need to unite to fight oppression. Featuring the actual sound of butterfly wings fluttering, it flows with a sweeping hypnotic power, throbbing electro beats, and deep resonant vocals with shades of the infectious trip hop of Massive Attack.

Of the track, Kat explains:

It’s a song of hope in dark times, and was inspired by Moroccan cultural organisation Racines – shut down by the government – and its slogan #LaCultureEstLaSolution. It has taken on new resonance closer to home, with its message that even the tiniest actions can create change.”

Listen to ‘Butterfly Wings’ now:


‘Butterfly Wings’ will be released 28th February. 

Mari Lane
@marimindles