Meet Mhysa: The R&B Artist Making Music In The Pursuit Of Joy Amidst Perpetual Crisis, Systemic Oppression
Imagine if electronic music were a spectrum. One end is bright as can be and at the other— the absence of light entirely.
Philadelphia-based black queer artist E. Jane— on the other hand— is thinking outside of this musically expressed colorway, fronting their own dimension.
Working as a multimedia artist E. Jane’s résumé expands far and wide— from art installations to an electronic music duo called SCRAAATCH —the artist’s considerably committed to action through their craft.
Their more recent persona/alter-ego Mhysa, is an “underground pop star for the cyber resistance.” Their latest standout track “spectrum,” from Mhysa’s first full-length album, serving as a doorway to a new realm of pop music.
“I want to be naive/Build me a spectrum/Only we can see.”
Jane imagines a new dimension for pop’s very existence on “spectrum,” far from Katy Perry’s color blind ideology. Between the soft tones and hard-edged percussion throughout their tracks, Mhysa’s juxtaposed elements end neatly often with surging, spiraling synths: Suggesting the perpetual crisis Mhysa and other black queer artists keep at bay.
Speaking on their recent LP fantasii with The Fader, E. Jane stated,
“Working on the album, I’ve been really interested in making music in the pursuit of joy and turning up, regardless of the current crisis.”
“The current crisis isn’t really current; it’s the revealing of a consistent evil that has been stewing in America since its inception. I want to think about the people, Black women and femmes specifically, that are still living and who have been living and finding ways to make joy while being systemically oppressed and terrorized for several hundred years.
Talking about everyday experiences (like things that just happen when you’re at the club) is a good way to remind people that life is still happening, as it always has, regardless.”