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Exclusive Interview with Navajo R&B Artist Elet

Arizona-based singer-songwriter Elet is honoring his Navajo heritage through the release of his music, recorded partially in the language of his ancestors.  He sat down with us for an exclusive interview, to talk about his career, his music and what’s next in 2024…

You are the very first Navajo r&b singer-songwriter. Tell us about your heritage…how far back have you traced your roots? What inspired you to infuse Navajo lyrics into your music, and why r&b?

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It’s very frightening to being one of the first Navajo R&b artists, and hopefully not the last. I live in Flagstaff, and have been excited seeing what is alive in or around Flagstaff. The Navajo culture is very much alive, and anyone who feels called to come and see the culture – who’s stopping you? And I can trace my roots back a few generations, and it’s hard to know what is mythical – from the enchanting stories given to me.  The R&b music came to me, and I happily sang along with it.

You mention your great-grandmother and your grandmother in previous interviews. What did these ladies mean to you, in your upbringing?

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These ladies come with a lot of wisdom, and wisdom is very dear to me.

Tell us about “A Night Alone.”

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“A Night Alone” is a first hand account about heart break, loneliness, and frustration – emotions I hope very few have gone through. And through one being alone, in the night, they must find a way to not become bitter. That is T’áá Sáhá Tł’éé Neikai.

Any plans for touring behind this release? Are you more a fan of studio or live performance?

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I have something cooking right now. I’ve heard the songs plenty of times in the studio, and pretty I’m curious to see how it sounds on stage.

What’s next for Elet? What are your goals/plans for 2024?

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“Lonely Satellite” by Lexi Berg shares a serenade for the solitary heart

Lexi Berg

From the cozy corners of iconic venues like Ronnie Scotts to the vast expanses of the Isle of Wight Festival, Lexi Berg has captivated audiences with her enchanting performance and magnetic presence, now delivering her latest single, “Lonely Satellite.” This celestial gem orbits the heart’s loneliest spaces, transforming profound, expansive, and intimate closure into universally resonant anthems while offering a comforting embrace.

Born in Stockholm, the Swedish-American songstress, already making waves in the London music scene, brings fresh yet nostalgically rich folk-pop influences to the table, underscoring why she’s a rising star. “Lonely Satellite” perfectly encapsulates this blend, delivering a dreamy, nostalgic, refreshingly modern soundscape. Helmed by accomplished producer James Eliot, recognized for his collaborations with Ellie Goulding and Black Honey, the track is a masterclass balancing a warm acoustic base harmoniously interwoven with subtle innovative electronic components.

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Berg’s powerful, raspy voice, reminiscent of a modern-day Stevie Nicks, adds an intoxicating depth to this soulful track that draws audiences in from the first strum of the guitar. Her vocal delivery is filled with an aching vulnerability that makes the song’s message hit home. The contemplative lyrics, penned in the tranquil fields of Wales, offer a sense of solace and connection, becoming the guiding star and serving as an antidote to urban life’s often overwhelming pace.

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The resounding nature of Berg’s vocal soars introspectively; it reminds us of the power of music to heal and unify; even in our loneliest moments, we are not truly alone. “Lonely Satellite” represents a poignant ode for anyone who has ever felt like a lone satellite drifting in the vast universe, an auditory adventure through the cosmos of human emotional experience. This exceptional composition encourages the audience to sing along and feel less lonely, fostering a sense of community. This is Lexi Berg at her finest, delivering an emotionally stirring anthem that lingers long after the final chord dissipates.

 
CLICK HERE TO STREAM Lexi Berg’s Lonely Satellite on SoundCloud.
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MYAH ignites an anthemic symphony of unworthiness in her new single, “Flames”

MYAH

MYAH stirs up a bittersweet agony of a relationship undone by an avoidant partner’s attachment style plagued by dark thoughts of insecurity with her latest release, “Flames.” This song is a desperate plea and an unfiltered lament with a catchy, mainstream pop vibe. It’s set against a backdrop of shimmering alternative pop-punk melodies that grip audiences and don’t let go until the haunting outro.

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Hailing from the sun-kissed streets of South Florida and embodying influences from the brooding lyrics of Arctic Monkeys to the ethereal soundscapes of Sylvan Esso shine through in this impactful creation. The song starts with a tantalizing fusion of upbeat pop rhythms and introspective verses, instantaneously immersing the listener into emotional upheaval. Her candid and evocative vocal delivery guides us through the heart-wrenching tale of love slipping away due to feelings of unworthiness with profound lucidity.

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Lyrically, MYAH proves herself a master of the emotional spectrum, skillfully exploring themes of excitement and wonder intertwined with a symphony of love and the devastating lows of sorrow, weaving them into a coherent narrative that feels personal and universal. The recurring motif of “if only” in the outro, a poignant allusion to the movie ‘Holes,’ underscores the sense of a cursed love doomed by internal conflicts. This artful reference adds layers of meaning, encouraging listeners to reflect on their own “if only” moments.

MYAH’s capacity to conjure vivid, romantic imagery through her poetic craftsmanship makes this track one of the most striking in her repertoire. Its cinematic quality and heartfelt lyricism leave a lasting impression long after the haunting composition’s final note. In “Flames,” MYAH has crafted a must-listen sonic anthem for anyone who has ever struggled with the paradox of wanting to hold on while feeling compelled to let go. It’s a beautiful reminder of love’s complexities and its flames that can both warm and burn, wrapped in a sound that is uniquely her own.

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CLICK HERE TO STREAM MYAH’s Flames on Spotify.
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