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‘Ultraviolet’ is the third single from OLAN’s debut album ‘Contra’, which is out June 10 on Anjunadeep.
A collaboration with Canadian producer Zeal, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a fast-paced, high-octane track infused with sounds of drum & bass, liquid, and future bass – a true depiction of OLAN’s versatile taste and production skill. On the inspiration behind the track, OLAN explains:
“Much like first single, ‘Ultraviolet’ is a song that directly comes from an Outer Wilds reference. In the game, you find an ancient writing from a character named Solanum that begins to think the creator of the universe (the Eye) has no specific attachment to its creation, and that the signal calling out to them having no meaning wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing…Applying this to my own sense of spirituality suddenly made things a lot easier to manage emotionally. I can’t control what happens to me all the time, but learning when it’s truly necessary to attach meaning and purpose seems to be helpful at the moment.”
The new single follows ‘Wake And Return’ and ‘Promise To Keep’, and precedes OLAN’s highly-anticipated debut album. The culmination of many months in solitude, ‘Contra’ began as a natural form of escape and expression for OLAN, helping her find peace amidst the years of uncertainty brought on by the pandemic:
“‘Contra’ is an album I wrote as a way to find some peace with my life having no definitive purpose at the time. I often try to attach meaning to everything I encounter. I force myself to re-live memories. I’ll try to unpack them and see how I could change my reality if I had just been a better person.”
Previously the Georgia state native has had a colourful songwriting catalogue, including co-writing credits for ‘Buss It’ for Ari Lennox, collaborations with Mat Zo on his 2020 album ‘Illusion of Depth’, the single release of ‘In Motion’ with rising star Nourey, and ‘Push’, first released on Anjunadeep’s Reflections series. Now, OLAN emerges from the uncertainty of the pandemic with her debut album.
Musically, ‘Contra’ is inculcated with a variety of electronic styles from melodic house, breakbeat, downtempo and drum & bass, to ambient and hip-hop. Influenced by the likes of Maribou State, Little Dragon, T.E.E.D and Bonobo, as well as the cult video game ‘Outer Wilds’, the sound of ‘Contra’ is fluid and alluringly hard to pin down. OLAN’s penchant for textural soundscapes is showcased in atmospheric tracks such as ‘Push’ and ‘Submerge’ and the buoyant Balearic vibes of ‘Material’. Conversely, the jungle rhythms and acid basslines on ‘Promise To Keep’ and ‘Reckoning’ demonstrate how raw, energetic dance-inducing songwriting comes naturally to the Atlanta-based producer.
“Making this album was the first time I could be present the grief, loneliness, or isolation I felt when my expectations didn’t match my surroundings. It made me realize how much happier I am when I detach from stories or specific outcomes.”
As a queer woman of colour OLAN is used to standing out. However it is her capacity for all-encompassing production, dynamic songwriting, singing, and instrumentation that really sets her apart from her contemporaries.
Release date: 20th May 2022
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The Benefits of Studying Music
There are many benefits of studying music. Not only will you be able to communicate your ideas through sound, but you will also learn self-discipline and develop technical motor skills. Learning to play an instrument will also help you develop teamwork skills and ignite your creative mind. This will help you succeed in other career fields, too. Regardless of the type of music you like, it will help you learn how to express yourself creatively. Here are some of those benefits:
Hip-hop emerged out of the inner city in the 1970s. It gained mainstream appeal from acts like Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy. However, the genre was associated with the nastiest depictions of urban dysfunction. In addition, artists such as N.W.A. injected an element of controversy and challenge into rap, resulting in gangsta rap. Despite the dangers of gangsta rap, it helped spread and became popular among young people, as well as mainstream parents and law enforcement.
In the 1980s, cassette tape technology exploded. The first CD was released in 1982, and by the end of that decade, there were more than 200 billion CDs sold. This new technology didn’t use magnetic tape but rather used digital optical recording to embed playable tracks on polycarbonate plastic discs. As a result, CDs produced superior stereo sound and were light and thin. Its popularity made it possible for people to listen to music on the go.