Raveena Strikes Into The Gentle With Her New LP, ‘Lucid’
Nature has conspired towards all three of my encounters with Raveena. Each instances we met in New York have been on chilly, wet afternoons, and after I noticed
her carry out at L.A.’s Camp Flog Gnaw in 2018, the town was being besieged by wildfires. It is a merciless little bit of irony for an artist who says she typically writes her finest music in nature, and often punctuates songs with the sound of birds trilling, but it surely’s additionally a testomony to the radiance and serenity the 25-year-old singer possesses, each of which appear perpetually unshaken by elemental components.
“Once I was 5 – 6, we moved from Queens, New York, to Connecticut and right into a home that was utterly within the woods. That was after I began speaking to bushes, pretending I used to be Pocahontas,” she recollects. “That was the start of me falling in love with nature, and I simply really feel like now at any time when I am in that area, I am probably the most related to the non secular facet of myself. I feel it is one of the crucial pure issues that is left on the planet.”
“Pure” is an acceptable phrase for the mellifluous music she has been making for the previous few years, together with her gorgeous 2017 EP
Shanti, and it is also a becoming descriptor of her artistic course of as an entire. Having felt marginalized early in her profession, Raveena has refused to dilute or compromise her inventive identification, leading to songs, music movies, and dwell performances that really feel singular and dedicated to her love of nature and message of recuperation
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“There are such a lot of males on this trade, and so they have this very archaic view of ladies loads of the time, particularly younger girls,” she says. “I saved seeing that sample occurring again and again, and I simply felt like after experiencing that, I simply wanted to exert extra management over my imaginative and prescient and ensure that individuals understood each a part of what was occurring.”
That work, which she describes as one thing of a trial and error course of, is culminating in
LUCID, her debut LP. Initially, she hadn’t got down to make the follow-up to Shanti an album, however that progressively began to really feel just like the logical conclusion as she labored on music along with her companion, producer, and co-writer Everett Orr all through 2018.
“We did not even know we have been making an album till the spring. We have been like, ‘Oh, we will do two EPs.’ This was in March. After which in April, we have been like, ‘No, let’s simply mix the 2 EPs and make a mixtape,'” she says. “After which we simply noticed all of the songs we had written over the previous six to eight months and have been like, ‘We have now a narrative right here.'”
That story is a candid, unflinching have a look at her previous and the ache she’s endured, made simply digestible along with her buoyant vocals and the report’s lush manufacturing. In some circumstances, like on “Honey” and “Temptation,” the instrumentals are heat and enveloping, with joyful bursts of electrical piano and guitar. Others, like “Nani’s Interlude/Petal” and “Mama,” use an analogous sonic palette for richly rendered biographic tales.
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The previous begins with a spoken interlude from her grandmother, whose knowledge Raveena started recording a number of years in the past. The latter is a tribute to her mom who got here to New York as an immigrant fleeing genocide in India, coming into into an organized marriage and a completely new life. It is this sort of trauma, which might pile up exceptionally quick on at the moment’s youth, that Raveena needs to assist heal along with her music.
“This album talks a lot in regards to the rush of being younger and all the things that you just undergo, and the way you are typically swept up into exhausting experiences that you do not even notice are coming your means, so you do not actually have a second to catch your breath,” she stated. “I am residing in Queens on the similar age as [my mom] when she acquired married, and it simply appears like an entire 360, so it makes me surprise who she was presently.”
On “Mama,” Raveena grapples with questions many face as they age and the taking part in area between them and their dad and mom ranges. “I’ll all the time surprise, who you actually have been earlier than me/ What did you lose? I hope nothing too quickly,” she gently probes, earlier than singing in regards to the Queens nook the place her mom began a brand new life.
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“Nani” begins with a message from her grandmother that’s each sobering and affirming. She first speaks about by no means anticipating to survive her husband, earlier than ending on an empowering notice, imploring Raveena, and the listener by extension, to dwell a full and regret-free life. From there the track transitions, wrapping you in rejuvenating vocal harmonies.
Raveena has lengthy been singing about heavy, traumatic matters, particularly abusive and dysfunctional relationships, on tracks like “Johnny, It is the Final Time” and “If Solely,” however approaching them with an emphasis on self-restoration and inner love. She continues to discover these concepts on LUCID. “I talked rather a lot about therapeutic on
Shanti, however this album digs into why I needed to heal within the first place,” she explains.
She needs the report to be one which “individuals dwell with and heal to,” the best way Frank Ocean’s
Channel Orange, Amy Winehouse’s Again to Black, and Sade’s Lovers Rock have been for her. That entails taking dangers and telling tales which are personally exposing, however she says that is one thing that each advantages her listeners and herself.
“Each time I am confessional it appears like when it is on the market then I’ve to dwell with that and be sturdy about it,” she says. “I’ve to just accept and embrace that a part of myself, so it is virtually like part of my therapeutic course of is sending it out into the world and being okay with that.”
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Artist Danny Cole, who has labored with Raveena as a part of the artistic self-exploration challenge
Welcome Creature, stated her openness has been each formative of their work collectively and provoking to him in a broader sense.
“Raveena is a beam of sunshine that treats the complete world with such light care that it can’t assist however reply in the identical means,” he says. “She makes use of her voice to talk concord into existence.”
LUCID manages the tough feat many artists try on debut albums—to be each autobiographical and universally relevant. In Raveena’s case, she succeeds as a result of she makes the therapeutic really feel communal between herself and the listener. She makes no calls for, encouraging development that will not occur in a single second, however blooms over time.
“Musicians have a big impact on individuals’s lives and the world, and that is an enormous ethos of why I method music in the best way I do. If you happen to encourage extra vulnerability and openness and self-love and appreciation of nature then that may have an impact,” she says. “Music has that energy, it is larger than all of us. It is a non secular pressure.”