Today Giselle Torres releases “Sorry to Future Me”, the title track of her EP, and part 3 of a 5 part series following two teenagers from the perspective of our protagonist as she falls in love with a boy she has never met before. They go from being strangers, to meeting for the first time in Brooklyn, NY for one day, to having to face the emotional rollercoaster that is teenage love and heartbreak.
Hien, the Vietnamese-Hungarian and Brooklyn-based artist, is ready to announce her upcoming EP BLOOM, due out this November. The lead single “BLOOM” conjures an ethereal, lush soundscape, uplifted by Hien’s airy vocals. With her songwriting coupled with her pristine production, “BLOOM” is a perfect encapsulation of what to expect from the full EP out later this fall.
In tandem with the audio, she shares her stunning music video to complement the track, writing:
“While writing the songs for my upcoming EP, I visualized the initial music video idea for “Bloom”. I envisioned young girls living blissfully within the rich nature of Vietnam.
After learning more about Vietnam’s tribal cultures, I knew I wanted this film to represent girls who were raised in a matrilineal social structure.
The Mnong are 1 of the 54 ethnic groups native to Vietnam. They are also one of the few matriarchal tribes, in which the youngest daughter inherits their family wealth, children take their mother’s surname, and women propose to men.
The girls in “Bloom” are precious to me – their magic lies in their infectious joy and pure hearts.
Music video “Bloom” celebrates young girls, sisterhood and the cultural diversity of indigenous Vietnam.” @hien999
Lucie Murphy announces her debut album, Vestiges under the project Poise.
About the song, Murphy shares: “After a difficult year of losing my father, the cancellation of my new band’s first tour and the beginnings of a devastating pandemic, I wrote this song. “Walked Through Fire” is about weathering the storm and coming back stronger. It’s about appreciating what you have and making it work for you. It’s about striving for a life full of adventure and curiosity. It’s about proving yourself to those around you, and gaining confidence in the process. I wrote “Walked Through Fire” to alleviate my self-doubt. It serves me as a musical psych-up in the mirror.”
Lucie Murphy has been getting to know herself again. As Poise, the New York City native is known for crafting dexterous melodies and emotionally-charged lyrics alongside propulsive rhythms and playful vocal arrangements. On debut album Vestiges, Murphy channels a devastating period of her life into a source of cathartic reprieve, transforming grief, bewilderment and uncertainty into a soundtrack for introspection and growth. It’s an essential reminder that we have the power to trust ourselves and to come out stronger, even during our darkest, most difficult moments.
The catalyst for this chapter of Poise came with the sudden, unexpected death of Murphy’s father. As a kid growing up in downtown Manhattan in the shadow of the punk rock scene her father came out of, Murphy was guided by his encyclopedic knowledge of music – everything from old blues and folk to Pavement and the Magnetic Fields. “He was always keeping an ear to the ground musically,” she says. “He was open to everything and loved every genre.” This unwavering curiosity and appreciation of the arts is something that Murphy strives to emulate every day. “I only started playing guitar because he did, and my greatest wish is to share with him what I’m writing now.”
During a long, difficult winter of grief, the start of a pandemic and the cancellation of her first ever tour with the Poise project, Murphy fought through the heartache and reemerged with a vigorous creative energy, propelling her artistic vision to a flourishing new terrain. “I was devastated by all these things in conjunction with one another,” Murphy explains. “It was a reminder of how delicate we all are as humans. I really felt like I needed to find myself again.”
As the pandemic grew worse, Murphy left her apartment in Brooklyn and rented out a cabin in Vermont for the summer months. It was here that she established an artistic discipline that allowed her to play and experiment, away from the distractions of the normal every-day. She made more time to exercise and to meditate, which in turn gave her more stamina when it came to creative endeavours. “I felt like this was the universe telling me that I have to write this album now. There really isn’t time to wait,” she says. With a consistent and focused writing practise, the album quickly came together within the space of three months. Armed with the song’s blueprints, Murphy invited Sam Skinnerand Theo Munger to collaborate on the arrangements. “I really learned to trust my own ear and to trust myself as a curator,” she says of the process. “What I want is right for me.”
The result is an album that honors the past while taking a tentative step forward, embracing new relationships, creative collaboration and the unknown. Vestigesis Murphy crafting her own voice and starting her story from scratch, the way she wants to see it written. “A lot of this record is about finding confidence and learning to put myself back together when bad things happen,” she says. “It’s about coming out stronger, despite everything.” Rousing opener “Walked Through Fire” sees Murphy craft a call-to- arms to that past self, urging her to weather the storm through a blanket of aberrant synths, driving percussion and commanding vocals. It’s here that she proves her abilities as an artist to herself, as well as her loved ones. “Sometimes you do need to psych yourself up in the mirror,” she says.
Caro Juna releases her EP Violent Delights today. This Brooklyn based artist has a range of inspiration from classical to jazz to electronic. This is heightened with her love for clever rhymes and moving poetry.
Concerning all of the recent AAPI news, Caro Juna has made a statement regarding how her new music is about her life and artistry as an Asian American & how she’s feeling about the recent state of things:
“As an Asian American artist, I’ve often wondered what my place was in an industry that didn’t seem to favor faces like mine. Through years of social conditioning, I learned to cater to the people around me, to make myself smaller to accommodate and appease others. With the rapidly shifting social climate spurred by the pandemic and public outcry over devastating racially motivated incidents, I was inspired to shed and unlearn any attitude I might’ve had of self-doubt and insecurity and feel empowered to create music that was entirely my own from start to finish with no boundaries or limitations. In the first song, “Mister Anxiety,” I wanted to open the EP with a song that openly discussed the anxiety I developed over the years as a minority woman struggling to survive in a world that seemed to be built against her. With the next song, “Maybe,” I addressed the painful experience I had with my parents and learning to bridge the generational gap that so many immigrant children experience. In “Unalone,” I write about learning how to “turn my muscle into stone”, reminding myself to always “look both ways before crossing”, and that by “tie[ing] my shadow to your feet”, my trauma ultimately follows me everywhere. Finally, in “Satellite Lover,” I once again reiterate my desperate attempt to stand tall in a world that I don’t feel I belong in. Ultimately, my entire EP is a love letter not only to my younger self but to all Asian women who are learning to love themselves in a world that tells them they are lesser than.
Given the recent attacks on Asians, especially Asian women, the need for social and culture change seems more and more imperative. It’s increasingly obvious that there is a need for not just for more representation in the media, but more of the right kind of representation. So much of the media imagery of Asian women up until now has involved insulting and dangerous stereotypes that promote fetishization and racism, and perhaps celebrating more empowered, graceful portrayals of Asian women might be a good place to start.”