For any budding young musician, it takes a lot to be noticed. It involves a combination of dedication, talent, and sheer luck, largely dependent upon being in the right place at the right time. But for two young individuals, the process of getting noticed has additionally involved redefining the convention in which an EP traditionally operates.
The visual accompanying the “I Am Mine” EP is the result of a ‘crazy idea’ formed by producer and director Nathan Smart, and emerging artist Zaryna, whilst driving along the Westgate Bridge on an almost empty tank of fuel. In an exclusive interview, Zaryna mused that whenever ‘[Nathan and I] come up with an idea, I get a little worried it will happen.’ And that is exactly how it turned out as with the impending release date of ‘I Am Mine’ approaching, the pair assembled a cast and filmed the visual in the space of four weeks, finalising the piece merely two hours before the premiere event last Thursday at the Backlot Cinema in South Melbourne.
The visual was produced by the media team at OOMPH! who provide creative people with the opportunity and tools needed to express their ideas. This included everything necessary for Zaryna to bring her ‘EP and visual to life.’ The choice of a visual, as explained by Zaryna, allows artists the opportunity to ‘put it all out there’ and stand out as a grass-root artist.
Featuring phenomenal cinematography, the multidimensional ‘I Am Mine’ Visual EP, divided into four chapters, portrays the transition from adolescence into adulthood by emphasising how, more often than not, we find reconciliation in our relationships with others through an acceptance of ‘what life is.’ This is depicted throughout the visual through the disappearance and absorption of the black paint covering the young artist, symbolising how we all must come to terms with our past in order to move forward.
The first chapter, ‘Disquietude,’ depicts the beginning of this transition through the brilliantly honest and sonic “Ghosts and Demons” which is juxtaposed against the gentler lullaby of “I Am Mine.” The first track, “Ghosts and Demons,” poses the age old question of why the people we have outgrown continue to mould and affect our lives. Arguably the most club-ready song within the EP, “Ghosts and Demons” features an evocative and slithering hook which ultimately sets the tone for the entire narrative of the visual, that one belongs to themselves. This is achieved through a chilling pre-chorus, ‘why do you feel the need to tear me apart?’ and witty lyrics which are effortlessly delivered.
Where “Ghosts and Demons” delivers punchy lines, “I Am Mine” presents a caressing melody and crisp cinematography, which in the visual features a road trip between two lovers showcasing the very beauty in our own backyard of Port Phillip Bay. With a sweet and catchy tune, “I Am Mine” highlights the true range of Zaryna’s vocal chords and underscores how it can be our own insecurities which serve as a ‘major hinderance’ in our search and experience of love. In writing and releasing “I Am Mine” Zaryna reveals that she has since matured in her approach to love and has grown from the song.
The second chapter of the visual, “Release,” exclusively contains “For the People I Love,” which features a breathtaking dance filmed in a single take. This is followed by the third chapter, “Cognisance,” which involves the track “Mama” that heart-wrenchingly describes the relationship between an emotionally detached mother and her relationship with her daughter.
The visual concludes with a final Chapter, “Liberty,” symbolising the process of reconciliation and gaining closure for the next stage of life because, as Zaryna remarked, ‘you get tired of being miserable about the same boy.’ Although the EP could benefit from a wider range of diversity in terms of its tracks, there is no doubt that Zaryna has entered into the industry with a bang.
As for whats next, Zaryna has promised that ‘it could be anything.’