Friday, March 15, 2013

SWL #1: Briana Marela, "Everything Is New"

It’s almost criminal that an artist capable of making a song like this has escaped my notice for so long. Side A of Briana Marela’s self-released 2010 cassette, Ocean Water Lake, ends with a live track titled “Everything Is New”, and it’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard this year. The song prominently features Marela’s soulful a capella vocals: at first stark and melancholy with an almost confessional feel, but soon growing into what sounds like an auditory affirmation as each section begins looping back on itself. Toward the 5-minute mark the vocals are joined by the measured sound of mechanical breath as she repeats, “What matters when everything is new/all we have is now”. Wonderful.

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