"...an exquisite object worked on but not overwrought, unique but universal, and wholly enchanting to comprehend." - Mess & Noise
Since first experimenting with electronic production at 14 years of age, leading to the subsequent release of his two independent EPs and debut 7", Velvet (Life Aquatic Records, 2011), Melbourne producer Naminé, aka Darcy Baylis, has been anything but slack in his musical endeavours.
As well as regularly collaborating with rappers such as MondreMAN & Squadda B (of Main Attraktonz), Deniro Farrar, and Pepper Boy with his production collective KIRA, Baylis has focused on perfecting and touring a live show for Naminé, along with the recording of his debut LP: Celestial Love. No mean feat for a recent high school graduate.
Transcending the usual confines of "chillwave", as its often been labelled, Naminé's modest catalogue offers a look inside the bare, intensely raw emotions of an adolescent. Though perfectly transient in its lyrical and thematic focus, Baylis' voice filters through as strikingly honest and universal - giving it the timeless quality of pure, brooding pop music.
In that sense, Naminé's work perfectly exemplifies the perilous balancing act of writing honestly and introspectively while maintaining a healthy amount of modesty and self-doubt.
Through his changing sound and production aesthetic, we feel Baylis honing something precise and simple, avoiding the possibility of electronic maximalism. In his songwriting, the listener hears the same fight for constraint as a teenager discusses personal crisis through a highly self-aware lens.
Coming from a background in contemporary RnB and hip hop, listening obsessively to artists like The-Dream, Trey Songz, Mike WiLL Made It and Noah "40" Shebib, Baylis' style on Celestial Love rests somewhere between those low-tempo masters and his more club-ready loves: classic house producers like Frankie Knuckles, Mr. Fingers and Phuture.
released June 3, 2013
Written & produced by Darcy Baylis
Mixed by Darcy Baylis & Adrian Rafter
Mastered by Andrei 'Ony' Eremin
Album art by Nic Dureau
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