Malibu – One Life Review

Malibu is one of the most interesting artists of the underground right now, mostly known for her works under the dj lostboi moniker and her stunning track “Held” from PAN’s 2017 Mono No Aware ambient compilation. This time around she’s concentrated all of her inspiration into an amazing ambient album for UNO label and she is finally revealing all of her potential with this surprising 5 tracks debut EP.

The album is movingly personal: a clearly introspective sentiment pervades the tracks, as suggested by the name of the very first song, “Nana (Like A Star Made For Me)”. The thought we had at the first complete listening session was: this wasn’t made for us, nor for others. This was made for her. And we’re all glad to let ourselves be infused with her tenderness, sorrow, fervour or whatever she wants the song to convey. It is almost instinctive to us to let ourselves go along with the artist’s feelings and emotions, which is never given for granted.

The whole work also carries a strong visual power that is able to evoke visionary perceptions in the listener’s mind, one can feel vibrations in their head shaping images and refections.  As she told in an interview with Juliana Barwick, she built the album focusing on an actual visible idea first, giving every detail of it a role in the music composition.

Technically speaking, it lacks nothing. The soft vocals slightly layered to the instrumentals are perfectly blended, and extremely relaxing. What’s incredibly fascinating, though, are the cellos. Especially in “Lost At Sea”, they transform the track into something totally unexpected and majestic. They contribute a lot to endow One Life with the high elegance and delicacy that, as qualities, best represent this work.

 

 

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