VIOLIST ‘LIVMASSIVE’ AND RAP DUO ‘HESSIAN RENEGADE’ CREATE A NOVEL BLEND OF CLASSICAL, ELECTRONIC AND RAP THROUGH INNOVATIVE PRODUCTION MEANS TO TELL A STORY ABOUT CHANGE.
Classically trained, Rachael Olivia Black aka LivMassive entered boldly with a innovative project which was released on the 20th of last month that features a distinctive blend of genre integration in fluid cohesion with visual cinematic finesse. LIV locks into creative collaboration with Scottish, Rap/Rave duo, Hessian Renegade to produce a compelling 4-track EP titled ‘Erocean’ which is complimented by a 15 minute cinematic music video shot in-house, and on location at Loch Lomond.
Rachael’s project was born from a master’s degree and received a distinction at the ‘Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance’ in London, her eclectic taste in music encompassing country to classical and hip-hop to metal, influences her composition style and enhances her versatility as a musician. She has composed several specially commissioned works and similarly had several works written for her by contemporary composers.
Last month Liv & Hessian released the first single extracted from the Ep titled ‘Locker’, a beautifully haunting track which was created entirely from viola rhythms that were built by tapping the instrument in different positions while plucks and experimental playing styles fleshed out in conjunction with the subtle ambient electronic elements. This project’s creative vision is to unify musical diversity and present it in a unique and striking way.
Technically, both musically and visually ‘Erocean’ comes across as brave and courageous, much thought and effort has gone into the EPs creation and the fusion of complex musical styles has been superbly executed. The visual narrative is incredibly compelling and stirs emotion where both, Rachel and lead vocalist from Hessian, Conor Moore perfectly complements each other’s aesthetic and vocal interactions. Both in the musical and visual sense there exists an alchemy of traditional and contemporary styles, combined with a captivating poetic sensibility.
Take in Erocean’s extremely special cinematic atmosphere on the following link below. The four tracks are combined into this 15 minute sequence, beginning with atmospheric lighting that highlights the beautiful contours of Rachel’s delicate face, as she stands by the Lough Lomond’s water’s edge in a long black billowing dress, radiating a lingering and hauntingly beautiful siren call through the bow of her deeply resonating viola. The way the narrative unfolds is both surprising and gripping.
🌀 EROCEAN 🌀
⚠️ 4 Tracks + Short Film out now ⚠️
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🌊 We hope this brightens up an uncertain 2020 🌊