Maryama – “Where the Mermaids Are”

Thoroughly hypnotic and haunting, “Where the Mermaids Are” is a beautifully atmospheric builder from Iranian-American (currently based out of Los Angeles) pop/crossover artist Maryama. The track journeys from a relatively sparse beginning, with wordless vocal croons and a tribal-like rhythm procession over jazzy piano flourishes. The vocal lead emerges just past 01:30, really lifting up around 02:15 when piano and guitar trickles emerging coincide with an uptick in vocal intensity, before concluding with a solemn “I’m gonna take you where the mermaids are.” Haunting, engrossing, and hypnotic, it’s a gorgeously developed track that comes along with an aptly trippy music video. Maryama isn’t lacking at all in atmosphere or emotional hooks, so the upward trajectory seems quite apparent.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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