Lions, Fires & Squares EP Carolyn Malachi Revealed! Mermaids and spacemen have relationship problems, too.

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STANDOUT TRACK: No. 3, “Orion,” an otherworldly call to a far-off lover, inspired by a conversation the singer imagined between a mermaid and an astronaut. As with all of Carolyn Malachi’s songs, it’s hard to tag “Orion” with a genre: It contains spoken word, R&B, bits of electronica, and tribal influences from her recent trip to South Africa. Men and women have responded differently to the cut, the singer says: “I think women like because it’s like sistas doing it for themselves. I think guys like it because they hear a strong, beautiful woman, and say, ‘You know what, I’m going to trust you.’”

MUSICAL MOTIVATION: One may inhabit the ocean and the other the skies, but Malachi’s characters deal with recognizable tensions. “The mermaid is telling the astronaut that she needs him to meet her half way,” says Malachi. “She’s giving him an ultimatum: ‘Either you meet me half way, or we don’t need to continue.’” Now that she’s in her mid-20s, Malachi is thinking more about life changes. “A lot of girls my age don’t want to be an old maid, and they end up with a husband and a house and a dog and 2.5 kids,” she says. “I wanted to bring something different to the table.”

JAZZ BABY: Malachi isn’t the first musical member of her family. Her great-grandfather, John Malachi, was a legendary jazz pianist in D.C. “There was a recording he did at Howard a number of years ago I’ve been listening to,” she says. “He, too, was comfortable being different, and it’s giving me the courage to pursue my music the way I want to.” She says her Sept. 23 performances at Bohemian Caverns will be tributes to her relative.

Our Readers Say

Carolyn is someone I have been waiting for artistically for a long time. My experience listening to different genres of entertainment go back many years. I worked 20 years at what was once the Capital Centre, which hosted many artists. I know stage presence. I am from Buffalo,New York and toured with Rick James and the Stone City Band in its heyday, I see something special in Carolyn...I'm with her all the way to the top.
I absolutely love her music and its refreshing to say the least!
I like it. As a fan of electronic ambient music, this is good, emotive listening. A little too much auto-tune on the chorus lead vocal, though...
Way to go, Carolyn! My fingers are crossed for you on Grammy night!
Thanks, Amanda! So excited and honored about this opportunity.

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