Whether I’m at work, running errands or messing around at home – chances are I’m zoned out from whatever happens around me, nodding my head to soulful beats played on an ear-shattering volume. This definitely has led to minor accidents and people waving vigorously before managing to get a glimpse of my attention.
My everyday challenge is to simultaneously listen to new music and get shit done. Which mostly means I search for laid-back vibes and pass on any clever rap that draws away from whatever I’m supposed to be doing.
Today that meant Arima Ederra’s 2016 sophomore project Temporary Fixes. The Atlanta-gone-LA artist makes alternative indie and – as her Bandcamp reads – “Holds truth to the meaning of her name, Soul Beautiful” (future kids name alert).
Her mellow, innocent voice and the warm sounds of the beats serve as the perfect background music. The kind you play when your life is missing some zen. Or when you can’t afford a vacation but want to feel fuzzy inside. Ederra’s music feels a little spacey, a little like twirling around in a field of sunflowers, a little like cozy nights around the fireplace; but most of all it sounds beautiful.