The single is out now via ODESZA’s imprint, Foreign Family Collective.
Despite its continuous shortcomings, 2021 has been jam-packed with incredible music and emerging artists. Mild Minds is one who particularly caught our eyes – and ears – with his mid-year single, “NO SKIN,” a stunning collaboration with acclaimed British producer Frameworks. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Bonobo, Maribou State, Caribou, and Four Tet, Mild Minds is the brainchild of Benjamin David. The Grammy-nominated vocalist and producer assembles electronic music agnostic of genre, striking a delicate balance between dancefloor-ready and downtempo moods.
His latest, “HAUNTED,” continues to prove that the Melbourne native is a force to be reckoned with. Staying true to the track title, the cut is a soul-stirring soundscape that sees him tap into his trademark blend of driving synths and captivating vocals.
“I think we had all spent a part of 2020 contemplating a lot about our own lives, while feeling a general sense of darkness looming over whether we’d be losing loved ones, or not. For a lot of us we did. The heaviness of it all led me to explore more melancholic themes in my music. I found myself breaking down all of the shades that might be associated with melancholy; exploring death, loss, rebirth, and the associated beauty. This ultimately led me to wanting to use flowers on the artwork, being something that both dies and blooms again each year. At the same time I was re-learning piano, or even in a way properly learning piano. It was such a rush to be feeling the music through touch and finding an ability to speak through it. I found myself playing a set of similar chords over and over through the first half of the year; verses, choruses, outros. Slowly but surely, this song formed from a combination of those. This was immediately one of my favorite tracks I’ve ever written.”
– Mild Minds