Artist Of The Week // ANI BRAVA
Poised with delicate piano melodies and ethereal vocals, Origami is the stunning new release from Ani Brava.
Floating between Tokyo and Los Angeles, Ani Brava is a musical newcomer who brings a honeyed blend of laid-back rhythms and docile tones. Having been honing her skills as a filmmaker, she’s expanding her creative outlet into the musical realm as she crafts expansive and swooping electronic pop tracks.
With her latest release Origami, she’s poised to dazzle with soothing electronics and airy vocals that make you feel as if you’re floating on cloud nine. Delicate suspensions create an aura of wonder around this track, as you gently trace the pulsing beat through a swirl of dreamy sounds, and as the textures build up throughout the verses, a euphoric release in the chorus will make you feel as if all of your worries have dissipated.
Feeling entranced by her gorgeous sound, we spoke with Ani more to get to know her better and as she prepares to share her debut project later this year.
What’s a motto you live by?
I like the Japanese phrase “ichi-go ichi-e” which basically means that each moment is unique and should be cherished as it will only happen once. In other words, don’t miss out on what’s right in front of you. When I feel myself withdrawing from people or situations, that phrase reminds me to really connect with each moment, whether it be painful or joyful, communal or spent in solitude. It’s kind of like the ultimate form of FOMO. I want to fully experience and be present for every unique moment that life brings me because if I blink, I might miss it altogether.
If your sound had a colour, what colour would it be?
Slate. The color of a blank chalkboard or the dark corner of a parking structure. I suppose it’s because most of my writing occurs at 4am when it’s still dark outside. I feel like my sound invokes a sort of urban melancholia, where I scribble aching sentiment on the cold cement walls.
If you could set Origami to a TV show or movie, what would it be the soundtrack for?
Probably anything dystopian and emo. I would love to hear it as the backdrop for something visually stunning like HBO’s ‘Euphoria’.
How do you think your experience in film has fed into your music-making?
I’m definitely drawn to melodies that conjure up a cinematic visual or narrative in my head. Both Homicide and Origami do that for me. It’s actually a dream of mine to use my songs to create a visual album like Thom Yorke and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Anima or Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
What are the greatest similarities between film-making and music-making?
For me, it’s the sensation of my heart swelling when I see or hear something painfully beautiful. When I get that feeling during the creative process, then I know I’ve tapped into something special.
Do you have any creative outlets you prefer?
I really like asking my Instagram followers to send me rhymes and then I write poems using their suggestions. Sometimes, I add a melody and sing it on TikTok. For me, creating art for its own sake without any ulterior motive is a really fun and fulfilling exercise.
What are your intentions with your debut musical project?
My only intention is to create something brutally honest that I would want to listen to. I’ve written hundreds of songs, many of which I would never give a second listen. I’m pretty critical of my own writing, so it’s really important to me that I like the finished material. That way even if no one else listens to it, I can enjoy the songs myself.
And finally, slightly cliché, but what does music mean to you?
Music guarantees that no moment is wasted. When you can translate every drop of suffering, loneliness, or struggle into a song, it makes it easier to endure those difficult moments and gives a sense of solidarity to the listener. I’m also amazed at how, in the era of streaming, even an indie artist like me can have listeners in countries I’ve never been to. When I see Homicide being listened to in Estonia, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Finland, I no longer feel like the lonely emo girl making demos at 4am. Music allows me to feel connected and heard in the most universal sense.