Merna Searches For Permanence In The Intimate R&B Of “The Exception”

Stream a new track from her upcoming EP Sans.

April 07, 2017
Merna Searches For Permanence In The Intimate R&B Of “The Exception” Merna   Photo by Merna

Merna, the Palestine-born, Toronto-based artist formerly known as Ayah, is premiering her single "The Exception" today with The FADER. It's a sparse track in the vein of acts like Rhye, with the spaces between a handful of piano chords filled with reverb, distorted vocal samples, and Merna's voice, searching for permanence in an ever-shifting world.

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"'The Exception' is a song about confronting one's expectations of forever, and coming to terms with impermanence," Merna told The FADER over email. "That's a concept I'd been struggling with for a long time. Right at this time while dealing with personal loss, as if the universe was conspiring, my main collaborators got extremely busy. It was just me, my keys, and my studio. I self-produced and engineered the track (and the rest of the album to follow). Turns out circumstance knows best. I've never felt more satisfied or proud of my work."

Merna's new EP Sans is out on June 2nd, 2017 via DAIS / Pirates Blend.

Merna Searches For Permanence In The Intimate R&B Of “The Exception”