Dusty breakbeats, trance-like stretched-out grooves, buried abstract vocal samples, and deep house mixing create three gorgeous electronic blissed-out queer meditations.
Favorite track: I Need You.
“The record represents some of Maya’s most vulnerable work to date. Opening song ‘I Need You’ is a bold declaration regarding her need for love during a delicate time of rapid change. Written on an extended tour spent alone, this radiant breakbeat love letter is the first vocal performance Maya has recorded in many years, and the first since transition. It features the voice of a woman who has been through an intense personal struggle, and through that process come to a place of understanding that she is not alone. That the people in her life - her friends, her family, and her polyamorous lovers - are, and have been, essential to her process of self-acceptance and becoming.
The second track, ‘Bodies Meld Together’ is a sensuous house dub. It evokes the mystical penetrating experience of a connection ritual that is at once obliterating and rejuvenating. The song is a musical snapshot of an actual lived encounter, and reflects Maya’s belief that physical connections with her partners is - at its most elevated - a profound spiritual catharsis.
Closing track, ‘Loops For Healing’, was written during a studio session immediately after Octo Octa completed her acclaimed second album “Where Are We Going?”. Not originally intended for release, it was - as the title suggests - composed as a personal tool for healing. It lay dormant for over a year until Maya found it on her hard-drive and fortuitously played it at a club a few months ago. It was one of those occasionally frustrating gigs that all DJs experience from time-to-time, but playing the tune to a packed floor that night grounded her and was a potent reminder why she is a musician in the first place: to heal herself and to heal others.” - Eris Drew
I read in an interview that the album was composed to provoke a sense of joy, and I feel that. It's startling how "fun" it feels; I think there's some magic in the arrangement and mixing, that elevates the sound design and melodies to great heights.. I can't work out how, which creates a glorious mystery on top of the great sounds. Octagonism