by Big Flowers
A conversation about the spectrum of liv.e
Telling someone about liv.e has always been a unique experience. There’s something oddly shaped about how simple the phonetics of “you ever heard of live” shimmer similar to a more gripping question. From my own experience there’s never been a simple way to sum up living, and from the breadth of conversations with others, that might not just be me. Maybe that’s why there’s always a second or two when someone first hears that question, “you ever heard of liv.e?” they pause as if you just asked if they ever heard of living. Ironically, the two aren’t all that different. In a fractured, halogen rainbow of human-emotional gravity, liv.e’s work demonstrates exactly how to amble through this life alongside yourself. There is nostalgia, technicolor and still newness brewing in every fold of her work, reaching back to Hoopdreams, and it’s only become more refined since. Bejeweled, iconic and glimmering in the spotlight, she danced as the world embraced the fluorescent explosion of liv.e last year with her debut album, Couldn’t Wait to Tell You. Bouncing through corridors of dimly lit memories and washed out remnants of what people used to call neo-soul, liv.e and the primary producer for the album, Mejiwahn, deconstruct the tumultuous now in one of the most belligerently unique and directive albums of the modern age of music. Tactile waterfalls of sonic silk, beaded doorways into a foggy remembrance, sensual coils forced to unwind, neon fractals that expand outside the room, this album is an envelope to export you outside yourself: a blueprint to liv.ing. Drowning in its own palette, CWTTY overflowed into the more recent release of CWTTY+ which is a short offering to return a lens to the abundance of what was CWTTY. Acting as an addendum, a live album, a conclusion to the spiraling acrylics that were only just scratching the surface. At six songs, the release is the perfect way to relive the original bloom of hearing CWTTY for the first time while still being a palate cleanser for her next movements.
TheWordsCameOutOfMyMouth9 Reprise gently rolls the blushing Persian rug behind liv.e as she exits stage of the bleeding-colors aesthetic of this album and everything surrounding it, the crisp, refractive denouement to an opening pitch for one of the most vibrantly alive musicians I’ve had the privilege of following in recent years. Barely two months later, every hue of liv.e warped and centralized into one on the monochromatic millennially perennial stage of the COLORS show, debuting a Mndsgn produced single, “Bout It.” The track triumphs all of the things hallmark to liv.e while striding into uncharted territory, draping momentary chord changes and bass jumps with the unequivocal hierarchies of golden harmonies, matched by her outfit. Perspiring with joy, hope and contemplation, Bout It hypnotizes you into a repetitive listening, absorbing every moment. It was a bit perplexing seeing liv.e performing in front of a single color, she has always been an infinity of the spectrum to me. It was a bit perplexing watching the show come to a close so quickly. Four minutes is a drop in the bucket when it’s so tenderly loved and cared for. There is something perplexing about living. There is something ever-chromatic about liv.e, regardless the background.
Buy her music here: