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ELLAYO Announces Impending ‘For Miriam’ Remixes, Shares “I Was, I Was” (Andrew Fox Remix)

ELLAYO is a writer, vocalist, herbalist, and certified Reiki healer based in New York City. Her debut EP For Miriam, released in May 2018, is a narrative meditation on bravery through the use of space and breath, drawing inspiration from ancient hymns, folklore, and modern classical instrumental music.

It was produced by Tony Maserati protégé Jon Castelli (Kesha, Lady Gaga), and features collaborations with string arranger and performer Rob Moose (Bon Iver, yMusic), drummer Jeremy Gustin (Albert Hammond Jr., Jesse Harris), woodwind player Stuart Bogie (Arcade Fire, Kronos Quartet), percussionist Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and upright bass and piano by The Hazelrigg Brothers. The vocal and instrumental foundations of each track were recorded live in sound-specific spaces throughout the United States—a church in Connecticut, a barn in Pennsylvania, a cabin in Ojai, California—and with the exception of a binaural delta-brainwave on the final track, there are no electronic sounds on the EP.

Today ELLAYO has announced the impending release of three For Miriam remixes, which will be available on digital platforms every two weeks, beginning today, January 31, with “I Was, I Was,” by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Andrew Fox. “The remix follows a 5 part narrative structure, rather than a musical form, reflecting how central the hero’s journey is to Natalia’s work. Above all, I was trying to portray the mixed emotions in being ‘brave’, to emphasize that the brave are not fearless, but rather overcoming fear,” writes Fox.

LISTEN TO: “I WAS, I WAS” (ANDREW FOX REMIX)

In the original, ample space is given to ELLAYO’s vulnerable lyricism and exposed vocal, but Fox has chosen to fill in these spaces by manipulating her breaths as well as Rob Moose’s strings. At times these manipulations sound like electronic hums and bleeps, but there were no electronic elements added to the remix. “The song was produced electronically, but there are no additional sounds added beyond the source material,” he says. It is transportive and mesmerizing, and may appeal to fans of Bjork, Laurel Halo, Agnes Obel, and Bon Iver.

ELLAYO will host a vocal meditation at Firebird Healing Arts (fka Root Mamma) in Brooklyn on Sunday, February 3, at 2pm. For the meditation, ELLAYO will implement techniques used in Reiki, Neurofeedback Therapy, Sound Therapy, and traditional vocal training, as well as harmonization and activation of different brainwaves using binaural beats.

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