Sayveeyun – Strength

Although none of my lyrics are ever biographical, my struggles with anxiety and identity as a half-Tibetan are always focal points in my work. “Strength” in particular was written when I was thinking about my alienation as a second generation Tibetan and the distance I have from both the Tibetan community, as well as my family in general. It’s a little indulgent, which is why I tend to write less biographically and focus on simpler word and abstract phrases that evoke the same feeling without being too much about myself. It’s the reason why I admire someone like Thom Yorke who is able to write moving lyrics without being too introspective.

 

While making the beat for “Strength”, I wanted to do something that coexisted between my interest in experimental electronic music, Mumdance’s concept of weightless music, punk rock guitar swells, and post rock’s emphasis on changing textures rather than large melodic switch-ups. I believe the result to be something that is still inspired by leftfield pop and bass music without taking too much from deconstructed club.” – Sayveeyun

blvck mass – forest

“Forest is really a product of me trying to refine my sound and find a consistent voice in my music. When I was making all of the beats for this project, I tried to find really emotionally-charged and atmospheric samples to run relatively simple drum tracks over. When I first started doing my own vocals, I would kinda just write whatever lyrics and throw them together on a song, as long as they rhymed had a certain flow to them. Now I’m focusing less on rhyme schemes and filling time, and trying to write lyrics that are actually meaningful to me, that are expressive and don’t take a backseat to the instrumental.

I kinda stumbled into this project on accident, to be honest. I made the title track “Forest” a couple of days after I went for a walk by myself in a small area of woods near my house. I’m from a small town in Canada that’s pretty environmentally conscious so there are forests fucking everywhere. I started developing this concept of a proverbial “forest” in this song, but all it really means is a state of solitude and reflection. The song turned out great and I felt like I had more room to expand on the concept, and that eventually turned into these 6 songs.

The entirety of the work was done in the summer when all of my roommates had moved back home for the summer, so I was spending a lot of time alone, probably too much to be honest. Especially at night. I was trying to flesh out this idea of being stuck in your head all of the time that I really did get stuck in my own head and it took me to some kind of dark places. But I see that as a positive in the end, because I let go of a lot of those nasty feelings on the album and now I don’t have to carry them around with me. Plus, I feel like a lot of those feelings of disillusionment and isolation could resonate with a lot of people who are going through similar things.” – blvck mass

moistbreezy – Italian Ice

“With my new direction, I’m going moodier, tapping more into *the dramatic.* It’s more in line with how I feel lately, and just reflecting back on my life, it’s more in line with how I tend to be overall and the art that sticks with me most. You can say it’s my Scorpio rising energy hahaha. I’m trying to make music that’s cinematic, that takes place in the kind of heightened-yet-familiar reality you’d find in a stylized film.

Production-wise, I’ve been focusing on the writing – with the idea that melody and lyrics should work in any context ideally, and then the production should follow to highlight it in the best way possible. Like if you strip away the instrumentation to the simplest it can be and just leave the vocal part, is it still engaging? When I first started producing I would just keep adding layers and layers trying to make a song sound better, but I’ve made a point now to focus on using less and making those elements stronger.

Italian Ice initially came together very quickly. I made a simple beat in about 5-10 minutes after watching Suicide Squad (lol). Later, I stumbled across some Italian ice in the supermarket and thought that it would make a good title for a song. I was nostalgic for this park in the town I grew up in that had a snack shack that would sell Italian ice in the summer. I was inspired by this idea of a suburb- a suburban parking lot at night in particular- serving as the backdrop of a cliche “romance” like one out of a teen movie. It turned out sounding like exactly the type of song I would listen to – which has been my main objective with these new tunes.” – moistbreezy