Halo by Blackbird Blackbird on Apple Music

17 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mikey Maramag—a.k.a. Blackbird Blackbird—only started releasing music in 2010 and rapidly rose to the forefront of the chillwave movement. He's since proven to be quite the prolific artist. Blackbird Blackbird releases singles as often as Justin Bieber combs his hair, and we're grateful Maramag had the idea to collect a bunch of lesser known b-sides and unreleased material into one big basket of goodies. How the song "Halo" came to be in this company is hard to figure, as it's one of his strongest tunes; it ropes his amorphous, hazy sound-cloud style into a shimmering four-minute pop song with vocals you can really hear and a great little melody. Among the gems on Halo (the pained "Left to Hurt," the gently propulsive "Letting Go," the ephemeral "Understanding," to name a few), Maramag also tucks some collaborations with L.A.'s Steffaloo, whose own work is as beautiful and intimate as Blackbird Blackbird's. Her vocals are a pairing par excellence with his musical palette. What a treat.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mikey Maramag—a.k.a. Blackbird Blackbird—only started releasing music in 2010 and rapidly rose to the forefront of the chillwave movement. He's since proven to be quite the prolific artist. Blackbird Blackbird releases singles as often as Justin Bieber combs his hair, and we're grateful Maramag had the idea to collect a bunch of lesser known b-sides and unreleased material into one big basket of goodies. How the song "Halo" came to be in this company is hard to figure, as it's one of his strongest tunes; it ropes his amorphous, hazy sound-cloud style into a shimmering four-minute pop song with vocals you can really hear and a great little melody. Among the gems on Halo (the pained "Left to Hurt," the gently propulsive "Letting Go," the ephemeral "Understanding," to name a few), Maramag also tucks some collaborations with L.A.'s Steffaloo, whose own work is as beautiful and intimate as Blackbird Blackbird's. Her vocals are a pairing par excellence with his musical palette. What a treat.

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About Blackbird Blackbird

Blackbird Blackbird is the recording project of San Francisco-based electronic musician Mikey Maramag. His warm, textural synth pop and distant, dreamy vocals recall acts like Four Tet and Washed Out, though Maramag's roots are actually in metal and hardcore. Originally hailing from Hawaii, he relocated to Northern California and began his career as the drummer for Bay Area hardcore band Murder Practice. He left the band in 2009 to attend the University of California in Santa Cruz where he took an interest in electronic music and became enamored with artists like Aphex Twin and Modeselektor. While away at school he began recording under the alias Bye Bye Blackbird, eventually tweaking the name to Blackbird Blackbird after encountering another band with the same name. He released various singles before issuing his debut album, Summer Heart, in mid-2010. His blissed-out, sunny dream pop was well-received and he signed with San Francisco indie Lavish Habits to release his follow-up EP, 2012's Boracay Planet. Tours of the U.S. and Europe followed as he continued to evolve his live set-up and in 2013, it was announced he had signed to prominent San Francisco electronic label Om Records who released his second LP, Tangerine Sky, in June 2014. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco, CA
  • FORMED
    2010

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