World (Girl Underground) – The term “world music” is often employed when regarding artists from other countries but technically isn’t all music “world music”? Iranian-born artist Maryama released her visually stunning video for “Where The Mermaids Are” showcasing her unique blend of jazz instrumentals and soulfully soothing vocals. It’s easy for the listener to get lost in the musical depths of this track. It carries a sense of weightlessness and tranquility, a feeling similar to floating in the ocean.
Maryama studied guitar under the instruction of prominent Iranian rock stars like Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh. She’s indisputably qualified academically, with two Associate’s Degrees in Jazz Voice and Music Composition and an additional Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Music Composition and Film Music from the California Institute of the Arts. She incorporates aspects of traditional Iranian music into her vocal inflection, rendering it irresistibly satisfying to listen to. This is in all regards the closest you can get to enjoying the song of the Sirens from Greek mythology without being lured to your death. Allow yourself to be immersed in this intoxicating single and accompanying video just for a moment and you will see why sailors jumped over the bows to their death at the beckoning of the Siren’s song. More music by Maryama can be found on Soundcloud, including a sultry cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic. Maryama presents us with the perfect accompaniment to any relaxing summer activity.
The video for the title track of Maryama’s album Where The Mermaids Are was directed by Benjamin Hunter. It’s poignant, dramatic and colorful – all the perfect components of a Siren song.