Mynolia’s beautiful song Stall Stickers doesn’t hurry; instead it creeps up on us; it whispers of a balance, a symmetry. Multiple tracked voices lead us gently from murmured verse to sultry chorus. Sumptuous, reverb-drenched guitars push us forward into the song as slow, insistent snare-kick taps pulse at us like insistent spots of rain on what had been a clear day.
It’s a mystic voluptuousness, a sylphlike lissomness, that calls us towards her, into the mist, through the shadows where souls are lost.
Sumptuous, reverb-drenched guitars / slow, insistent snare-kick taps
While Stall Stickers’ chord sequence is well-worn, there is still enough of an element of surprise; an intelligent use of multiple layers of voice produce a subtle, almost-orchestral effect. There are strains of Portishead and Chris Isaac and more than a nod to Lana del Rey.
Into the mist, through the shadows where souls are lost
Stall Stickers is the 3rd in a row of Mynolia’s self-released singles, all recorded in Funkhaus, Berlin together with the drummer half of Berlin-based indie pop duo Me and My Drummer, Matze Pröllochs.
The song, says Mynolia herself is “a cynical answer to party anthems, and although it’s about having an existential crisis in a bathroom line in an underground club while getting sleezily chatted up, it’s also a love song about introspection and isolation. Silencing the world outside with as much deafening noise is the cognitive dissonance of knowing you need a break, and instead finding yourself in exhausting situations masked as a release but in fact draining every last drop of energy you had left.”
“it’s about having an existential crisis in a bathroom line in an underground club while getting sleezily chatted up”
The accompanying Stall Stickers video takes these themes on through a VHS lens, filmed in Los Angeles days before the Covid-19 / Coronavirus lockdown order was in place. The home video feel and pastel dreamscape are eerily fitting to the isolation much of the world experienced the last few months.
Mynolia herself is almost as mysterious
Mynolia herself is almost as mysterious as the atmosphere of her music. Born to German parents and spending her first few years in New Zealand in an Indian community before moving to Canada: making her twin influences Indian Ragas / Bollywood ballads and the people and nature of west coast Canada.
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.