Today sees the release ofBriana Marela’s third album,Call It Love,in which the Olympia-based producer deepens her songwriting and expands her palette to explore the sounds of love in striking new ways.Throughout, she digs into the poles of her songwriting styles — her ambient, ethereal side and her brighter, beat-driven pop leanings – with the production help of Small Black’sJuan PieczanskiandRyan Heyner. Watch the video for“Farthest Shore” below, which was inspired byUrsula K. Le Guin’sThe Farthest Shoreand its themes of death and loss, and the need to face the unknown with strength. Head over toBillboardfor a more in-depth discussion of the video and more in their “New Face, Fresh Style” feature.
“I have had night terrors since I was a child, sleep paralysis, and horrible nightmares where I am trapped in my dreams and can’t wake up in the true reality. These night terrors served as a big inspiration in regards to my initial vision for the music video I wanted to make for ‘Farthest Shore.’ Teaming up to co-direct with Seattle director/filmmakerBobby McHugh, I learned that he too suffers from night terrors and sleep paralysis and he really understood and connected to the song and concept for the video. We dreamed up various shots and locations and then recruitedEleanor Petryof Seattle to work on refining the mood and vibe of the abstract narrative. In the video I am trapped within different dream worlds, never awake in waking reality, with different dream figures manipulating me without clear intent whether they are benevolent or not. The video beautifully illustrates the narrative of being trapped in dreams and trying to escape, with the fear of the unknown lurking around the corner. Besides me, the video also stars my sister Asenath and my friend/bandmate Natalie as my surreal dream figures.”
Catch Marela on the road in September supportingSan Fermin.Additionally, she’ll supportPerfume Geniusin Seattle in October. All dates are below.