Maya McCoy

Humeysha Adds Space to Sound with “Nusrat on the Beach”

September 10, 2019

Following last month’s new EP, Humeysha released a video for single “Nusrat on the Beach” this week. The video, like the song, carves out a dreamscape in which Zain Alam, the artist behind musical project Humeysha, considers possible futures. Directed by photographer and filmmaker Hannah Claire Baker, the video pairs vibrant colors with soft reflections, … Read More

Leo Kalyan’s Escapism is His Resistance

August 23, 2019

Leo Kalyan is thrown off by time zones. He was early to the interview, waiting by the phone an hour before the call, having miscalculated the time difference. He asked about daylight savings⁠—does the US have the same system as the UK? Given Kalyan’s music, this mix-up makes perfect sense. His latest single, “time can … Read More

Leo Kalyan is Slowing Down Time With New Single “time can wait”

August 12, 2019

London-based dream-pop artist Leo Kalyan dropped his new single “time can wait” last week. The song is as airy as Leo’s falsetto, encouraging a move away from the serious and stressful to the carefree. Kalyan wants us to be caught up in the moment, focused on what’s in front of us. The theme matches many … Read More

Humeysha Anchors and Expands with “Nusrat on the Beach”

August 2, 2019

Zain Alam, the mastermind behind the musical project Humeysha, knows how to balance immediacy with legacy. His songs feel conceptual because they are — they reflect his intellectual explorations into language, literature, and culture — but they also pull you into specific places and moments. His work is thoughtful in a soft way that has … Read More

Pallaví is Asserting Her Fijian “Identity”

July 8, 2019

Pallaví dropped her latest music video “Identity” this month. In the video, Pallaví (aka Fijiana) tackles the erasure of Indo-Fijian culture in mainstream discourse head-on. She pulls themes of marginalization and appropriation into a powerful song that simultaneously criticizes systemic oppression and celebrates the nuances of her community. The video is full of brown femmes … Read More

Raveena’s “Stronger” Video Speaks to Power and Vulnerability

June 13, 2019

Raveena followed up her May 31st release of Lucid with a video for the single “Stronger.” Directed by filmmaker Danika Kleinknecht, “Stronger” vacillates between visceral depictions of trauma and the airy, bright vibe reminiscent of Raveena’s previous videos. The video cuts back and forth, as the song does, between images of Raveena as a powerful … Read More

Joy Crookes Brings Her Vibrant Voice to Perception

June 7, 2019

The video for Joy Crookes’s “Since I Left You” starts with a close up on the singer’s face. Behind her, clothes are billowing in the wind, and the shot quickly changes to her sitting with her arms around a young boy. As the video continues, Crookes doesn’t move from this room, which she modeled off … Read More

Raveena Shows Us the Way with Lucid

May 31, 2019

Raveena’s new album Lucid, is the end of May. It’s the end to a springtime of anticipation. It’s the purples of a late sunset, the warm breath of an evening breeze. After releasing two singles, “Mama,” an ode to mothers and all they give, and “Stronger,” an assertion of true agency, Lucid fleshes out the … Read More

Raniyaan di Raunaq is America’s First All-Women’s Bhangra Competition

May 23, 2019

There has never been an all women’s bhangra competition in the United States. That’s changing this summer, with the first all-women’s competition ever to be held this August in Washington, D.C. — Raniyaan di Raunaq. Competitive bhangra, which started as an expression of homeland Punjabi culture, has become its own subculture, with competition norms, online … Read More

Rolex Rasathy and Navz-47 are Celebrating Tamil Women with “Raavanan”

March 13, 2019

“We’ve been waiting for a song like this.” This is what Rolex Rasathy says she hears from so many Tamil women, in response to her latest music video, Raavanan. In the video, which dropped first on Valentine’s Day, New York-based singer Rolex Rasathy and Toronto-based rapper Navz-47 team up to confront a man who has … Read More

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