“AIDA” is the brand new album by Maïa Barouh. Aida means “between” in Japanese: between France and Japan, between the mainland and the islands, between the traditional and the fashionable. The character for the phrase is 間, a solar caught between two doorways and it additionally means “silence”.
Written, organized, and produced by Maïa over the previous few years, she has constructed a particular soundworld round her two important devices, flute and voice. The ensuing album is uncooked, spacious, and thought-provoking while additionally being playful, quirky, and typically disconcerting, for instance when she explores anti-Asian racism and feminism.
Tracks like ‘TOKYO ONDO’ and ‘HAFU’ are fierce, bass loaded, explorations of unconventional beats and attractive Asian motifs that twist and switch embedding an increasing number of within the psyche on every pay attention. Elsewhere on the album, Maia strikes into extra ambient cinematic territory with the intriguing & surreal ‘RINGO’ and the experimental flute-bounce of anti-Brexit anthem ‘EXIT’, with its loaded Theresa Might pattern and hook line “Do you wanna Brexit with me?”.
Embracing the problem of mixing her two native languages, Maia collaborated with rapper Elea Braaz to seek out the right French lyrics for conventional Japanese melodies and to discover a Japanese rhythmic stream when rapping in French.
Daughter of French movie composer Pierre Barouh, Maia comes from a wealthy inventive lineage. Her lyrics and manufacturing take inspiration from the eccentric Tokyo underground scene, conventional people singing, tribal grooves, French rap and digital parts: a sonically and culturally blended album which fluctuates between roots and reinvention.
‘AIDA’ is out on twenty first October.
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