Released last Friday, November 3, Hailey Niswanger‘s newest album Vol. 1: Inter-be features 8 tracks that allows listeners to pause from the buzzing of their daily lives and meditate. Backed by her new band, MAE.SUN, which enlists the talents of Nikara Warren on vibraphone, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, Axel Laugart on keys, bassist Aaron Liao, and David Frazier Jr.behind the kit, Vol. 1: Inter-be offers conventional modern-jazz idioms mixed with the hard-hitting grooves we’ve grown accustomed to from Niswanger’s last effort, PDX Soul.
Today Niswanger and MAE.SUN share a new offering from their latest effort with a video premiere of the aptly meditative track, “Breathe.” Filmed, directed and edited by Anastasia Warren, the video also includes dancers Guerdley Cajus, Jade Smith, and Brat in a lush film located in green landscapes that transitions into a dreamy silhouette sequence.
Speaking about her new album, Niswanger tells us via email that, “Vol. 1: Inter-be is honoring and influenced by the interdependent nature of reality. So often people limit themselves by identifying with just their physical body, but we are so much more than that. We eternally exist in everything, and life is a limitless journey.”
“The music of MAE.SUN aims to bring awareness of our connection to all life; which is what we need in order for our society to change, and one day obtain universal harmony. ‘Breathe’ is a meditation inviting us to connect with the present moment and all that is,” she continues. We wanted to display visuals that glorified this connection of being one with the earth, the trees, the stars, and so much more. The conscious music paired with captivating visuals is an experience that I hope encourages us all to coexist peacefully with the entire planet.”
Watch the video for “Breathe” below. Listen to the rest of Vol. 1: Inter-be via bandcamp. Celebrate the release of Vol. 1: Inter-be with MAE.SUN on Friday, November 10 as they hit Nublu Classic at 10pm.