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.
"'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."