Often cast to play the role of a trophy and sometimes locked within the musings of love-struck lyrical content, and broken-hearted love songs, many women are too inhibited to express themselves beyond the boundaries that society often dictates. Beyond catfights, and bottle throwing scenes of drama queens worldwide, there are powerful women who view the world through their own defined lens; that need to be heard, speaking to the world without fear. The call of empowering women center stage is louder now than it has ever been before. There is no greater form by which to dispense all of the nuances that make women unique than through music.
Somewhere in New York City, armed with lyrical dexterity and rugged charm is an artist known as Marla Mase. The eclectic artist recently released her new EP Half- Life. Behind the title, coined after a quote by Junot Diaz ‘the half-life of love is forever’, Marla once again reveals a humorous yet shockingly real illustration of the world through her own musical canvas. Her style, often compared to that of Patti Smith, can be summed up as raw and uncut truth. Half-Life is a compilation of distinctive tracks bursting with jagged energy and intense musical accompaniment. Merging poetic shades of expression with funky beats, Marla delivers the ultimate chill out experience.
The EP is full of lyrically adventurous tracks such as The Things That Scare Me where Mase plays with the topic of mental health issues on top of an upbeat and seemingly comedic soundtrack. The Heart Beats, on the other hand, is a spoken word performance fused with a foreign cadence and electronic elements illustrating the depth of Marla’s content. Through Half-Life, she delivers apologetically a message that is unequivocally relevant in the present soundscape, which is often blurred by thinly veiled messages of grandeur and fantasy. Half-Life presents itself as an anthem of sorts, a candid expression of empowerment, and the vivacious nature of women abandoned.
Marla Mase’s style is an eclectic mix of punk, spoken word, soul, funk and experimental sounds. Based in New York City, she is accompanied by the Tomas Doncker Band. Having garnered a multitude of accolades including the ‘Messenger of Peace’ award by Friends of the UN for her work as a visionary artist and songwriter, Marla has a vast fan base that stretches across the world. In regards to her latest album release, Marla states: “I wanted to go back to the personal. They say you can find the universal in the personal.” “Half-Life” lyrically and musically slays bringing Mase to an unparallel dimension that will be virtually untouchable. While such an artist is so very rare, listening is in fact believing; Marla Mase has made us believers.
Visit her online here. Listen to Marla’s EP “Half-Life” below: