Malaena Cadiz hails from Los Angeles, and her Karen Dalton-meets-Joanna Newsom voice has an enchanted echo you wish would never end. "At The Symphony" is a simple song about being stoned at New York's Lincoln Center, accompanied by a simple video in which Cadiz is somewhere very much the opposite of a city, surrounded by greens and browns.
That's what's beautiful about this song: it sounds like the crystals and pools of water featured in its video, but that spellbinding stoner symphony comes from within Cadiz. She's influenced by her mindset as well as her surroundings. She turned a city moment into a sprawling fantasy: From the second mezzanine/ the canyon was bright and deep/ staring down at my feet/ the floor gave way so tenderly/ and a wind swelled up from down below...
“Last winter my friends and I got stoned and went to see the symphony at Lincoln Center," Cadiz recounted in an email to The FADER. "We were in the nose bleed seats, perched way up on the sides of the auditorium. There's barely any leg room between the seats and the edge so it feels like you could just lean forward a little too far and fall in. I kept dozing off and waking up to the beautiful whirling sounds and imagining tumbling into this canyon below. It was one of those magical New York moments.”
Sunfair is out March 4 on Misra Records. Listen to Melaena Cadiz' "At The Symphony" below and preorder Sunfair here.
2/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Standard Hollywood
3/14 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Lounge
3/17 - Santa Fe, NM @ Shiprock
3/18 - 20 - Austin, TX @ SXSW
Photo Credit: Mikael Kennedy