Malea – ‘Swept Away’

Los Angeles musician Malea’s debut single, ‘Give’, charted high on the Billboard Club list on its release in 2014, as did her follow-up, ‘One Hot Mess’.

Although associated with electronic music, Malea is actually a classically trained singer, and although the title track of her new EP, ‘Swept Away’, contains many electronic elements, it’s a timeless piano ballad, with much of Malea’s singing a wordless, rich and resonant sound of longing, akin to opera.

The video for ‘Swept Away’ was directed by Derek Weissbein, best known for his work on ‘Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs’, a film surrounding the love triangle between George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Pattie Boyd. This cinematic experience gave him an edge, he was able to identify exactly which of Malea’s qualities to focus on for the video, her personality is certainly evident throughout. He matches the otherworldly quality of the track, superimposes Malea’s face onto a shifting, cosmic background, thereafter allowing Malea’s hypnotic performance do the rest of the work, alongside some destabilising digital effects.

Visit Malea’s official website for further information about the artist and her music.

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