Follow the echoing “Ceremony” through the marbled cave walls and out into the canopied rain forest dripping dew. Hurry after Ela Minus’ siren caw, and as you step out on the pearl-sand beach near the water’s edge, sit and enjoy the fluorescent flicker of the waves and listen.
A natural ever-burning fire glimmers in the landscape of Ela Minus’ music. It takes the electronic and turns it natural, fitting it to trees, dirty sky, and water. It is at once both human and not, like a technicolor forest – beautiful – unbelievably so. So much beauty that it could not be of this earth, but it is of this earth. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s also wonderful to dance to.
There is a melancholy lightness within “Ceremony”, and Gabriela Jimeno, aka Ela Minus, takes its beating electronic heart and pushes it outward. The Colombian electronic musician hails from Bogota and the beauty and heart of the land can be heard throughout her sound.
This is what Gabriela has to say about “Ceremony”:
“Ceremony is about getting bored of people not being able to say the things they mean. We have put ourselves in a position where being nice but untruthful is more acceptable than being blunt and honest. And that breaks my heart. It makes everything so unceremonious, it makes goodbyes be “fade outs” instead of “ceremonies”, and that literally makes me weak in my knees, I realized, that the fact that I got silence instead of a proper “goodbye” hurt me more than the fact that the relationship ended. And it doesn’t only happened with that relationship, i see it with everything, even with work. I think seeing everything more lightly, makes us be able to see things in a more honest way, to be more free, and then we communicate better, and we create better things, and are more respectful to each other, etc. I do think seeing things lightly actually adds depth.”
For the beauty in honesty, we give Ela Minus – “Ceremony” 11 out of 13 hovering opalescent hummingbirds.
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image credit: Ana Maria Gutierrez Gomez