Artist Mynah Marie has led a full and complex life on their journey to professional musicianship. Living as a nomad for over 15 years, Mynah left their hometown at 21 and traveled around the globe, bolstering their music career all the while. Eventually, Mynah found themselves incorporating technology into their craft after discovering live coding and Sonic Pi. The resulting project that emerged is called Earth to Abigail, which, according to Mynah, “represents a creative space open for collaborations and experimentation where humans and machines co-exist.” After a moment of divine intervention (you can read Mynah’s blog post about the title track’s inspiration here), as well as a desire to reconnect with the outside world during the pandemic, the EP The Forest was born.
“There’s a certain tranquility that can only be found in nature, a kind of calmness that overpowers us when sitting somewhere beautiful alone, away from civilization. Reconnecting to this kind of feeling through music was a sort of therapy for me during the lockdown.” – Mynah Marie
The Forest opens with its title track, and it’s perhaps best described as a true soundscape. painting bold images in pure sonic form. It’s a cinematic blending of electronic and natural sounds in perfect harmony, merging effortlessly with Mynah’s warm, delicate voice as it joins the instrumentation. The track builds wonderfully, adding ethereal vocal harmonies, additional synths, and light percussion as it progresses. This is a monster of a track at over 10 minutes in length, giving Mynah plenty of time to explore a variety of themes and elements throughout. A particularly notable moment comes around the 8-minute mark, where layers and layers of vocal harmonies create a bit of an angelic choir effect.
Following this is A E I O U. Leaning a bit more into the modern side of their style, this track is full of ear-grabbing, complex sonic textures. The entrance of the vocals gives this track almost a haunting feeling, with some of the included synths feeling like ghostly whispers or soft gusts of wind. It’s evocative and illustrative – the limited amount of lyrics allows the listener to fill in meaning as they see fit.
Rounding out this three-track EP is Passarinho Azul. This 15-minute track revisits some of the themes we saw in the first track, leading with nature sounds and delicate synth lines beautifully intertwined. The length of this track allows Mynah to fully explore each idea as it appears in the project, leaving no stone unturned in this journey through sound. The vocals are a particularly nice touch in this track – you don’t need to speak Portuguese to appreciate the soaring melody and bell-like tone of Mynah’s voice.
The Earth To Abigail project is as bold and experimental as it is listenable, successfully incorporating cutting-edge techniques and a bold artistic view into their work. For those who enjoy true creativity and a defined sense of self and style in boundary-pushing electronic music, The Forest will undoubtedly resonate with you. Stream this powerful EP for yourself below.
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