Iyere-Eke Merrylynn Ehinomen, sometimes called Merry-Lynn, is a emerging singer and songwriter based totally in Abuja, Nigeria. She not too long ago launched her debut EP, Petrichor, which gifts a masterful mix of reggae and R&B with a contemporary twist throughout its six tracks.
Drawing you in with its resonant bass line and inviting vocals, EP opener “Pores and skin,” is a big head-bopper. Merry-Lynn pours her center out over the rippling guitar chords making a song “While you gonna name me child?/ Or do not you take into accounts me in recent years?” Ahead of you comprehend it you are halfway throughout the sultry and euphoric reduce, “Temptation,” and completely locked-in to this musical enjoy.
In “Boy Tears” the younger singer, who used to be born in 1997, graces us with shiny lyricism and audacious supply as she rhymes “too” and “fooled,” enriching each and every line with delicate nuance. She additionally enlists Nigerian hitmaker King Perryy at the melancholic heartbreak song “911”—a remixed model of the authentic monitor that used to be launched previous within the 12 months
Merry-Lynn’s resolution to paintings completely with Nigerian manufacturer Veen at the challenge apparently enabled her to in point of fact experiment and to find the unique sound that units her with the exception of the group. Emotionally wealthy and enlightened, this tape is a clean sonic experience for any lover of excellent song. There is not any doubt that, with Petrichor, Merry-Lynn has delivered a reliably-solid debut.
We were given to grasp the R&B newcomer slightly bit extra in a contemporary interview underneath.
Merry-Lynn – 911 (Professional Video)
How does it really feel to in the end have your debut challenge out?
It feels in reality relieving truthfully, as a result of now somebody available in the market can pay attention to those songs and move ‘oh that is what Merry-Lynn seems like.’ I used to be in reality impatient to free up, I felt like having simply two songs available in the market wasn’t sufficient to get somebody to grasp or perceive my sound. On the identical time I believe more or less crushed. When I used to be performed with this challenge and I listened to the whole thing, all I may call to mind used to be ‘yeah I did that,’ it used to be so much to absorb as a result of I used to be proud, and to look how a ways I would come on my private adventure. That is an important feeling.
What are the most important influences in your paintings?
Love, self expression and my want for enlargement.
How would you describe your sound?
It is at all times difficult answering this query as a result of I do not in reality assume I have compatibility in a field. I like to assume my sound is a fusion of reggae and blues, soul—neo-soul if I might.
Merry-Lynn. Picture courtesy of the artist.
You labored completely with Nigerian manufacturer/rapper Veen in this challenge. How did that partnership come about?
Yeah we move long ago. I met Veen my first 12 months in Uni. Veen and Kiienka integrated, they’re circle of relatives now. It is at all times magic operating with them. There may be such a lot interest when[ our ] heads meet
What used to be the main inspiration at the back of this challenge?
In need of to specific the harm I bottled up for see you later in a tune and simply forgive as an alternative of getting hate for somebody I cared for. It did me extra excellent mentally however, additionally, it gave me a hearth EP.
What sort of feelings do you want other people to enjoy when being attentive to Petrichor?
That relies on the tune. With “911” I would wish somebody to hook up with the harm I felt on the time. With “Temptation” I would wish it to have that sensual dreamlike feeling, reason that is how somebody made me really feel and I determined to position it in a tune. Confidently they get that. “Boy Tears” .. I used to be in reality indignant making that tune, it could be superior if somebody available in the market hears that rage and pertains to it, like a go-to tune when she or he is attempting to vent, and let move afterwards like, ‘it’s what it’s, other people will at all times be other people.’
Why did you select ‘Petrichor’ (the smell produced when rain falls on dry soil) because the identify of this EP?
I used to be exhausted and bored with sporting such a lot anger and rage from the former 12 months . I went thru a difficult time with somebody I like, and I used to be simply stuffed with such a lot anger on the time, even if instances after we had moved previous the problem I simply could not appear to forgive as a result of I used to be nonetheless protecting directly to my anger. Making this challenge used to be a downpour of all of the feelings I used to be protecting on too after see you later, and when I used to be performed I simply felt the burden depart. The ambience used to be breathable once more, it used to be loving and calm afterwards. For this reason I known as it ‘Petrichor.’
Petrichor is to be had now.