In this issue we are going to explore happiness. The pursuit of happiness may well be the most stubborn of all human clichés. Everybody, throughout human history, has been searching for it, selling it, finding it, and losing it. Happiness is what keeps us humans going. What helps us forget the hardships. It distracts us from the tragedy and finiteness of life. Happiness is like the drug that keeps us alive.
“Beyond Reason is about this melancholic state we felt at the time, the feeling of being depressed, overwhelmed, but still wanting to be hopeful.” tells us Cologne-based electronica duo Ameli Paul on their new track and our premiere song for today. Out of their stunning three-part EP the melodic tune expresses exactly what we feel right now and their sound just carries us into wonderful memories of us dancing the night away.
The American indie pop group actually came together in Australia when Noah Taylor followed his heart across the world, and down under. He ended up crashing with the group of guys who unknowingly were about to become his bandmates. With a modern alt pop sound that pays homage to some of the genre’s most prolific artists like The 1975 and Troye Sivan, 19&YOU has already emerged with a compete level just as exciting as the aforementioned greats, and they’re just beginning to strut their stuff.
“I’ve found that as a photographer, it’s easy to obsess over what you envision for a shoot and what you want for your portfolio. That’s simply an oversight of what the interaction is however. In fashion/portrait photography there’s a relationship and a collaboration between whoever is involved.”
They had shared too many cigarettes, talked too deeply, fallen in love with the idea of each other too fast. they had been moving through clouds. clouds of smoke and affectionate illusions.
“There’s a great sense of freedom in being an independent artist, but you don’t become very rich. But at the end of the day I get to share what I truly love and am passionate about. It’s cliché but every time I meet people on tour, coming to my shows or reaching out and telling me my songs mean a lot to them, I feel like the richest person in the world.”
Alice Phoebe Lou´s new song “Dirty Mouth” just wants to make you dance barefoot and hug with strangers. And carry the inner smile to the outside world. Thank you Alice Phoebe Lou!
“All of my work is about body and self connection.” tells us Aleksandra Lenczuk, a young artist from Poland. Her aesthetically pleasing project Shameless Nature is all about auto portraits, a concept she started in 2018 where she tries to deal with her carnality.
Sakshi Shaw, a writer based in Kolkata, India, paints us poems dipped in dreamy analogies and perceptions based on self- love. From scribbling along the margins of her notebook to building a community online, she has come a long way as a writer all the while incorporating matters such as feminism and the utmost prominence of independence in her poems. During our call, Sakshi shared with us some intrinsic details about her affair with writing and how she fell in love with it in the first place.
“We are 4 people with 4 different opinions and obviously we don’t agree on every single thing. But it’s also great because you’ve got 4 different perspectives and characters.” We sat down with the Vienna based newcomer band – and siblings – Wallners to talk about their new cinematic video, the best thing to work with family and when a song is ready for them.
What a perfect track to slowly get the day started! American singer-songwriter and producer Lake Stovall’s upcoming single Lace revolves around craving intimacy in a relationship which goes beyond the physical. “Lemme feel more than them lips, lemme feel more than a kiss, you gon’ make me take a trip, when I get there, we gon run run run”.
This wonderful visual story of photographer Jang Waan reminds us of the importance and pleasure of enjoying the little things and moments, the importance of spending some me-time. A good glass of wine, reading a gripping book, and letting your thoughts flow during a hot bath. Just like model Charli.
Donna Arendse, founder of Lekker Collective and A&R Manager at Majestic Casual curates a monthly playlist of soulful tracks by – or featuring – female artists. “The first installment of my soulful, women-led playlist for 2021 is a celebration of women of colour for Black History Month.”
Nothing comforts and centers me more than making art with the women in my life. Regardless of creative disposition, this world is often maddening for us. Whether we’re facing patriarchal inertia or more quotidian concerns, to collectively lean on one another for support is often a soft place to land, but that’s not always a given.
Born and raised in the capital city of Jamaica the duo have been acquainted since their school years, they spent years traveling solo, accumulating the inspiration that ultimately led them to their magnum opus in 2017- DejaVilla.
I am not scared of my skin, I am scared in my skin. 37 years in this skin and I am just getting to know her. Our first date. The seamless state from sweat to sea. A life behind the scenes, a life behind the lens, a life behind static. Life as I know it has changed. Let me out of this skin, and into the deep blue. Let me thrive on the anxious. Thrive on the chills. Dream between the sets. Centering my thoughts on the horizon as I let the wind take my breath.