Exclusive Material – Vents Magazine https://ventsmagazine.com Music and Entertainment Magazine Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:09:24 -0400 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 TRACK BY TRACK: State Of Deceit’s Retribution https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/05/track-by-track-state-of-deceits-retribution/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/05/track-by-track-state-of-deceits-retribution/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:09:24 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=266399 UK Bruisers STATE OF DECEIT (www.facebook.com/StateofDeceit ) release their ear-splitting new EP, Retribution, this Friday. With this in mind, we asked the Brit metallers to give us an exclusive track by track breakdown of the record:

Tattered Life

The opening track is ‘Tattered Life’. This is written for those suffering the rollercoaster of an abusive relationship from the good times at the start, to the decline into reality of the constraints from the oppressor. This is waking up to the realisation of the situation, seeing it for what it is and getting the hell out! The bridge in this demonstrates the anger mixed with sadness we feel in this as sometimes we’re all caught in a state of deceit.

Vengeance – https://youtu.be/gyYvAs2Kk90

‘Vengeance’ is our debut single and one of our favourite tracks on ‘Retribution’. It epitomizes our attitude and contempt for the excesses of political correctness. This is our come back to all the fake outrage, fast and aggressive a moments contemplation and then a crescendo to the answer all in under 4 mins.

When Words Fail

Track three is ‘When Words Fail’ which captures the dilemma of what you can do when all democratic avenues are closed off. There are many examples of this happening around the world right now and people struggling with this question. This song is direct from start to finish with gnarly vocals and thumping riffs, it’s a live performance favourite a real headbanger.

No Solace

‘No Solace’ is a slower track grappling with mental health, this is the despair you can feel after a loss. The song talks about searching for the answers to pull you out of the mindset and the realisation that the pain is yours alone to bear. Musically this starts slow with a groove and picks up the pace throughout the song to end as almost thrash.

The Black

We pick the pace up again with ‘The black’, after the epic intro this is another live performance favourite with plenty of moshing opportunities. This mixes the vocals up with singing and growls to get the point across. The song is trying to help a friend who’s in the grip of their own personal battle and trying to set them on the right path again.

Vipers

Blasting from the start with its thunderous drums and riffage before a more refined chorus. ‘Vipers’ talks about the failures of politicians the world over and their double talking in their own interests and not delivering what they say they will, it hits hard with our current political climate.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: My Life Story Release New Music Video For “Broken” https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/04/exclusive-video-premiere-my-life-story-release-new-music-video-for-broken/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/04/exclusive-video-premiere-my-life-story-release-new-music-video-for-broken/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:50:34 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=266220 Epic pop pioneers My Life Story, headed up by colourful and charismatic frontman, Jake Shillingford release a new track ‘Broken’ taken from their critically acclaimed new album ‘World Citizen’ on 22nd November.  This follows their first single ‘Taking On The World’ that premiered on 6Music’s Steve Lamacq show.  ‘Broken’ is a personal message, looking inwards and hiding your pain so well it’s simply not visible to others. However the tune is far from sombre as Jake explains: “Along with the rest of the planet I suffer from self doubt, inner conflict, imposter syndrome at various points in my life. We all cover up our suffering with the cheerful ‘fake’ exterior we present to the world. The simplest way I found to demonstrate this was to wrap music around the lyrics that was joyful and celebratory. In a strange way this gives a positive affirmation and acceptance to how I feel. And a fuck you to those inner demons.”

My Life Story has had a varied and illustrious past: playing the main stage at Glastonbury and collaborating with acts such as Marc Almond, Morrissey, The Pogues and The Wonderstuff, amongst many other incredible achievements. Never ones to completely stand still, in 2016 the band released a brand new single 24 Hour Deflowerer and gained a whole host of new fans and devotees on the back of this and a two-year run of 90s nostalgia festival dates throughout the UK.  The band are a hugely popular and tight live act thanks to high-energy singalong favourites including 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, Strumpet, Sparkle and The King of Kissingdom. This boost in profile spawned demand for a brand new album.

It was while working on the new album that Jake was contacted by an eagle-eyed fan who pointed out that he may be responsible for the very first commercially released recording featuring none other than an 11-year-old Adele! Sure enough Jake checked the album liner notes to the track Katrin, recorded with his post My Life Story band ExileInside, released in 2002, and a young Adele Adkins is credited. Jake said; “I remember her well, but didn’t connect the dots, she was just a promising singer from a school in Balham. The studio was smack bang in the middle of Soho’s red light district, so I spent most of the time trying to shield her eyes”. https://twitter.com/i/status/1170072086955667457

‘WORLD CITIZEN’ TOUR:

NOVEMBER

Wed 20th           ST ALBANS – The Horn 08444 771000 www.thehorn.co.uk

Thurs 21st          NORWICH – Epic Studios 01603 727727 www.epic-tv.com

Fri  22nd             BIRMINGHAM – Pizza Express Live www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/choose-seats/my-life-story/358808571608

Sat 23rd             HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades 01422 845265 www.thetradesclub.com

Sun 24th            HULL – New Adelphi Club www.hullboxoffice.com

Sat 30th             WORTHING – St Pauls www.stpaulsworthing.co.uk

DECEMBER

Sun 1st              BRISTOL – The Exchange 0117 9299008 www.exchangebristol.com

FEBRUARY 2020

Wed 12th            GLASGOW – King Tuts 0141 2215279  www.kingtuts.co.uk/artist/my-life-story

Thurs 13th         LIVERPOOL – Jimmy’s (Tickets not yet on sale)

Fri 14th              YARM – Princess Alexandra Auditorium  www.thepaaonline.org/whats-on/my-life-story/

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PREMIERE: Common Jack Release New Single “I Don’t Mind” https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/04/premiere-common-jack-release-new-single-i-dont-mind/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/04/premiere-common-jack-release-new-single-i-dont-mind/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:46:08 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=266216 Folk-Rock singer John Gardner formed Common Jack during a two-year world tour with the actor-musician Broadway show, Once. Based on the indie film of the same name starring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglová, Gardner played Once to sold-out houses across America, Canada, and Japan while gigging with his own music in his free time. 

He had always wanted to pursue music but the realities of life made the dream seem worlds away. But when he found himself in conversation with Glen Hansard in Los Angeles, his hang-ups began to dissolve. Responding to Gardner’s doubts, Hansard spoke with a lilting wisdom, “It’s frightening to lift our voice, but it’s always worth the effort.” The words left their mark and Gardner soon left Once to begin recording. 

2019 saw the independent release of Common Jack’s EP, Canyons in the Dark, which gained traction on Spotify with more than 1.2 million total streams and earned Gardner a distribution deal with Black 17 Media, a joint venture between Sony Music and The Orchard. 

Now comes CJ’s new single, I Don’t Mind, a meditative folk-pop track about letting go of living your life for external validation.

About the song, Jack comments

“I wrote this song loosely about my experiences with anxiety and the way the music industry takes advantage of feelings of inadequacy and insecurity, if you let it. Before I recorded my previous EP, Canyons in the Dark, I started feeling like I was some sort of demented puppy, running around trying to get industry folks to give me validation and allow me to build a career out of my passion for music. 

After a particularly bad string of panic attacks in August of 2018, I had a realization about what was happening to me and the false approval I was looking for; approval that would never make me happy even if I got it. So, I promised myself I would give up that way of thinking and strive to impress myself first and foremost with the art that I created. The night I had that realization, the first line of the song, “I am done spending all my money trying to find serenity”, came to me. There was something so clean and honest about it. Within 15 minutes, I had written the rest of the song and texted my producer about a studio session. 

With the story behind this song, it felt right to create a meditative vibe in the studio. In a way, I was looking to create a sort of prayer for myself, a reminder of what’s really important. So, my producer Harper James (Eighty Ninety, Middle Youth) and I looked to Cat Stevens, Adam Melchor, Elliott Smith, and Sufjan Stevens as sources of inspiration. I knew the heart of this song was going to live in the way we layered guitars and vocals, so those artists kind of became our roadmap. 

I think the sentiment of this track applies to a number of situations we encounter in life. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of living your life for outside things and ignoring the relationship you cultivate with yourself.”

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Tin Foil Hat Talks (And Premieres) New Single “TOYO” + More https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/03/tin-foil-hat-talks-and-premieres-new-single-toyo-more/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/03/tin-foil-hat-talks-and-premieres-new-single-toyo-more/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:40:59 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=265284 TOYO highlights those crossroads that demand decisiveness while acknowledging the former self. Mourning what has come to pass while submitting to the unrelenting wash of time. It’s a reflection on human relationships and our relationship to the Earth. Embracing life, waiting out the flood, and thinking of you often.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “TOYO”?

TOYO is the latest addition to my EP, Late Bloomer. It’s a continued exploration of ethereal, dream pop sounds. Lyrically, it highlights those crossroads that demand decisiveness while acknowledging the former self. Mourning what has come to pass while submitting to the wash of time. It’s a reflection on human relationships and our relationship to the Earth.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This year has been full of challenges and growth. Therapy has sort of blown everything wide open. Offering one epiphany after another along with one series of questions after another. TOYO reflects this progression. The “You” in Thinking Of You Often, refers to myself, loved ones, and the world around me.

How was the recording and writing process?

I began with the acoustic guitar progression that you hear throughout the track. My songs typically begin this way, playing guitar and singing until ideas coalesce. I auditioned more layers from drum machines and synths until a form started to take shape. I discovered that a sample from an older Tin Foil Hat song titled Holding Out For Good Luck fit nicely over the harmony of the song. This is the rhythmic sample heard throughout the track. I love how this newer introspective song ended up being nested within an older plea for clarity.

What role does Asheville play in your music?

I grew up just outside of Asheville in Candler, NC. The Blue Ridge Mountains have a way of making you feel insignificant and special at the same time. This duality has informed my sensibilities, musical and otherwise, throughout my life. My music contains familiar elements yet others that loom and relegate perception to shadow.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

TOYO will be the third addition to Late Bloomer, which is an EP that I’ve been building single-by-single. I have a surplus of sketches and ideas and am looking forward to returning to recording. There should be another few additions to the album by Summer 2020.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m currently planning a tour for late Spring 2020, traveling from Asheville up the east coast to Brooklyn and back.

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PREMIERE: Vincenzo Ramaglia shares new music video for the single, ‘La parole 7′ (feat. Laure Le Prunenec) https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/03/premiere-vincenzo-ramaglia-shares-new-music-video-for-the-single-la-parole-7-feat-laure-le-prunenec/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/03/premiere-vincenzo-ramaglia-shares-new-music-video-for-the-single-la-parole-7-feat-laure-le-prunenec/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:45:08 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=265894 Experimental electronic IDM musician Vincenzo Ramaglia releases his latest single, ‘La parole 7’ (feat. Laure Le Prunenec) via PEM Records on 29 November. The track, which has premiered via Son Of Marketing, is lifted from his upcoming album La parole, to be released 24 January, and is entirely conceived via an electronic setup without a computer.

Greeting its listeners with angelic harmonising, ‘La parole 7’ (feat. Laure Le Prunenec) opens with dramatic effect as the pulsating synths come forth and retreat from centre stage. The canticle-esque nature of the signing brings forth an ancient tone which is met with contemporary editing. Treating the track as a full modern-day performance piece, Ramaglia presents the impression of open-air theatre in the chilly autumn air with a night sky lit up above the audience.

“I have always aspired to music that can integrate experimentation and approachability. This is the meaning of what I call PEM (Popular Experimental Music). I think that to experiment does not necessarily mean to bore or to distress the listener: you can also experiment by blending the ear, not just wounding it. To experiment, in my opinion, means to pursue – and therefore to determine – the present day by day (rather than to lean nostalgically on the past or opportunistically on the already felt)”.

The video for “La parole 7” was directed and edited by Vincenzo Ramaglia himself, who often finds himself dealing with videos of his own musical tracks, working for twenty years in the field of audiovisual teaching.

In fact, shooting of the video was by a troupe of his academy (the Griffith Academy of Cinema and Television in Rome), that on a movie set of candles and black draperies – in an intimate, almost liturgical atmosphere – immortalized Laure Le Prunenec in a very inspired performance that goes even beyond singing, free from synchronism between lip and melodic text, through gestures, heartbeats, dances of great emotional impact. In tight editing that follows the moods of music and performance step by step.

Laure Le Prunenec expresses emotion in its purest form within the video. Her choral singing is enhanced by candlelight, nearing ritualism but prevented from embracing it with à la mode production and editing by Ramaglia and raw fervour displayed by Le Prunenec.

“I immediately thought that Laure, in this specific video, should be totally free to improvise with her body, without even following the lyrics of the song. She just had to move following the inspiration that the music and the movie set gave her (I was sure that the candles would create the right atmosphere). The experience was magical for everyone present.

On the other hand, the lyrics of the song have no known meaning.

The language Laure uses in her vocal improvisations (and on which she then danced) is an invented language. Not invented on the desk, rationally constructing grammatical and syntactical structures, but invented in real time, as a pure communicative breath of the moment.

The exploration of alternative ways of communicating suggested to me the paradoxical title of my album (“La parole”) and is perfectly represented by the video of ‘La parole 7’ ” 

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PREMIERE: The Jake Bartley Band is Back With Brand New Single “Whiskey In My Coke” https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/02/premiere-the-jake-bartley-band-is-back-with-brand-new-single-whiskey-in-my-coke/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/02/premiere-the-jake-bartley-band-is-back-with-brand-new-single-whiskey-in-my-coke/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 20:14:35 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=265766 Since forming as a group, South Carolina based Americana-Rockers The Jake Bartley Band have turned several heads with their unique sound. Taking an Americana approach, their music combines multiple different genres ranging from Country, Soul, Rock, Funk, Folk, and Blues.

The band is back with a brand new single, “Whiskey In My Coke.” The song has a strong mainstream Country sound that is sure to get a lot of attention. The laid-back message resonates with America’s heartland, with its easy- going vibe. The song was written by JBB members Jake Bartley, Matt Miller, and Andrew Crawford.

“Our bassist, Matt Miller brought the concept and the inner structure of the tune to the table. While we were doing a week-long stretch in Nashville, we collaborated on the rest of it,” says Jake Bartley.

The band turned several heads with their debut album Brotherhood, released in 2018. Included on the collection was a collaboration with Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Vince Gill. The song received rave reviews within the music community, while also helping to reach an even larger audience. They also worked alongside Nashville giants Randy Kohrs and Robby Turner on the project. 

“It’s a little more raw and edgy than the tracks from the Brotherhood album,” explains Jake Bartley. “But I feel like it will resonate with our current fans while maybe enticing some new ones.”

He adds, “It’s our first track recorded at our guitarist Andrew Crawford’s studio, where he also mixed and produced the song. We’re all really excited about our new sound and can’t wait to see what the road ahead holds!!”

To learn more about The Jake Bartley Band, visit their official website, which includes upcoming tour dates, latest news stories and much more. The new single “Whiskey In My Coke” is available for download and streaming on all digital platforms on December 3rd. GET IT HERE!

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INTERVIEW: Kate Mills Talks (And Premieres) New Single “Outrun The Night” + More https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/02/interview-kate-mills-talks-and-premieres-new-single-outrun-the-night-more/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/02/interview-kate-mills-talks-and-premieres-new-single-outrun-the-night-more/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:47:33 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=265737 Kate Mills is a seasoned songwriter from New York who just dropped “Outrun The Night” as the first single off her new record, which will be out next year.  She has been a semi-finalist in both the UK Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition and has performed across the US- including slots at the Ladybug Festival, NJ Folk Festival, SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance, and Musikfest, in addition to playing house concerts and clubs on both coasts.

Hi Kate, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thanks for having me. I have been very good. Still a little stuffed from eating so much at Thanksgiving haha! But in all seriousness, there are so many good things happening and I have a lot to be thankful for.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Outrun The Night”?

Sure! I really like this song, so I’m really happy to finally be able to share it! I wrote this with a fellow NYC songwriter, Judd Silver. We got together to write shortly after I had come off a tour through the southwest of the US. I told him about an experience I had while driving through the desert of Arizona. The sun was going down behind us and the shadows of the mountains kept getting longer and longer. I realized the darkness would eventually catch up to us. It made me think of how we often deal with “shadowy” parts of ourselves – the parts we aren’t so proud of. We try to run from them or hide, but they always catch up to us. We just have to be brave enough to face them head on. As Judd and I talked about this idea, he came up with this cool guitar riff and the song took off from there.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! I am working on a sort of hybrid lyric/music video for it! I will probably release that shortly after Christmas.

The single comes off your new album Each Bittersweet Drop – what’s the story behind the title?

“Each Bittersweet Drop” is a line from one of the songs on the album called “Turn To Me” that will be on the album when it comes out in February.  It felt like an appropriate title for this collection of songs because these songs dive pretty deep into the full spectrum of emotions we have as humans; grief, love, confusion, hope, empathy. As a former social worker, I understand the importance of making room for all those feelings. And the phrase “Each Bittersweet Drop” seemed to capture a bit of that.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process is slightly different for each song. For a few of them, I had the basic skeleton of the song done, and then my producer and I would get together and tweak them to make sure we had the strongest melody, or chord progression. Like the songs themselves, I experienced a full range of emotions during the recording process! There were moments I started tearing up because the band made the songs sound so good, and I was so excited with how they were turning out! And then other times I would start crying out of frustration.

What role does NYC play in your music?

In many ways NYC is like a coach. This city pushes me to be the absolute best I can be.  There is no room for complacency here – it sort of demands that you give it your all. There is so much creative energy that comes from being around so many talented, driven people. And there is constant inspiration here. Not only in all the music and art that’s here, but in the stories of all of people I come into contact with on a given day, whether at a coffee shop, music venue, or on the subway.

What aspect of your own life will you be tackling on this new material?

This album really looks at seasons of growth and change. Since I started writing the songs a few years ago, a lot has happened! I got married, left the field of social work to do music, struggled on and off with bad bouts of ulcerative colitis, started touring, and really started coming into my own as an artist. So these songs really do capture both the good and the bad things that life brings and the feelings that accompany change and growth.. These songs are kind of a reckoning with all of that, both the difficult and beautiful moments.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Usually a song idea starts with me processing something going on in my own life, whether an event or relationship, or even something I’m reading. Sometimes I write the songs that I feel I need to hear in a particular moment. Sometimes I have a thought or a concept that has to marinate in my brain for a while before I can form it into a song. Other times, it’s inspired by a friend or someone in my life, and as I write it I draw from my own experiences to make it personal. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I am currently booking dates for the Winter and Spring. Those date will start getting announced soon, but if anyone wants to book a house concert, there is still time!

What else is happening next in Kate Mills’ world?

The next season will be gearing up for the release of the “Each Bittersweet Drop” album in February! I have worked so hard on this album, and really put all I’ve got into making it as beautiful as it can be, so I want to share it with as many people as possible. Then playing more shows and traveling, which I love. Maybe eventually we’ll get around to unpacking all the remaining boxes that are left from when we moved to a new apartment a few months ago haha!

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PREMIERE: Peadar Releases New Single ‘Lucid’ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/02/premiere-peadar-releases-new-single-lucid/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/12/02/premiere-peadar-releases-new-single-lucid/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:24:40 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=265717 With his music, on album but especially live, Peadar seeks to take you on a journey through space and time. Hypnotic rhythms, mesmerizing soundscapes and melodic-glitched synths creating an eternal sound that caresses your soul. Nothing captures this the best than today’s premiere in the form of his new single “Lucid.”

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PREMIERE: LILY BECK Releases Her Own Rendition Of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/11/28/premiere-lily-beck-releases-her-own-rendition-of-kings-of-leons-use-somebody/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/11/28/premiere-lily-beck-releases-her-own-rendition-of-kings-of-leons-use-somebody/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:08:24 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=265072 Today, we are pleased to join forces with Lily Beck for the release of her own rendition of Kings of Leon uber hit “Use Somebody” before it hits everywhere tomorrow.

With this track she manages to grab our attention with a nostalgic cover that allows you to picture yourself around a campfire with friends, reminiscing about happy memories and the first time you heard the original track on the radio. Supported by YouTube sensation Shaun Reynolds ​and his production skills (Esmee Denters, Tyler Ward)​, this version of “Use Somebody” isthe perfect way to revisit this classic hit with a very classic touch that sees her diving into her major influences like Adele and Mariah Carey with its nice blend of R&B and ballad pop.

About the song, producer Shaun Reynolds comments “​This song marked the start of my production career. 10 years on we returned to the studio to create a refreshed version that we’re really proud of.”​

Lily first started singing professionally at the age of 16 in a funk and soul band. Growing up she was influenced by soul music, Motown and big powerhouse vocals which can be identified in her sound.

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PREMIERE: Yali Blank Stream New EP “Why Do Flowers Mean Love?” https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/11/28/premiere-yali-blank-stream-new-ep-why-do-flowers-mean-love/ https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/11/28/premiere-yali-blank-stream-new-ep-why-do-flowers-mean-love/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:00:29 +0000 https://ventsmagazine.com/?p=264850 Today, we are pleased to join forces with Yali Blank for the exclusive first listen of her new EP Why Do Flowers Mean Love?, a curious combination of ethereal melodies, broken beats, and soft vocals, WDFML is all about relationships, and the constant search for stability. Each song reveals another piece of the musical puzzle that is her world. It features the singles Keep Me Sane and the newly released Black Skies.

Yali began writing songs at a young age whilst still learning at a conservatory for classical piano. Soon after, she learned composition, production and sound design. Her experimental style combines influences from classical music, jazz and electro-pop.

In the last two years she has toured worldwide with her debut project ‘Chaos’. The name is fitting because it draws influence from many different genres and cultures, including her Middle Eastern roots, afro-jazz, and hip-hop. YALI performs as a ‘one girl band’ with a varied electronic set-up, which includes keyboards, synthesizers, and effect devices. Her music creates a curious combination of ethereal melodies, broken beats, and soft vocals.

Yali is a childhood bone cancer survivor and draws on her experiences as inspiration. Her energy on stage is in stark contrast to her permanent disability that affects her mobility; her message is one of encouragement to female artists, and a source of inspiration to disabled youth.

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