Multi-talented songwriter and singer Mysie[My-Zee] has taken the music industry by storm in the past 18 months, creating a unique, genre-defying sound that has seen her high-quality output praised by an enviable array of media and tastemakers.
Mysie caps off an incredible year with her new single Patterns, accompanied by the following visual, directed by Louis Mackay. It’s a masterfully spun cut that sways between elative synths and intricate beats with Mysie’s dexterous vocals full of emotion.
“This song is about recognising the patterns within myself, and within my relationships” explains the breakthrough South London artist. “It’s about me acknowledging them and searching for freedom from them, making a conscious decision to break these habits and instead strive for growth and progress”
With superlative support across the board for her independent releases to date, Mysie’s trajectory has already seen her win the inaugural Rising Star Award at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards 2020, continue to create and perform (virtually) and spend quality time writing and developing ideas with her Ivor Novello mentor and super-producer Fraser T Smith.
‘Patterns’ follows a groundswell of support for Mysie’s recent releases, landing radio coverage across 6 Music, Radio X, Radio 1’s Phil Taggart & Huw Stephens and Apple Music’s Matt Wilkinson & Nile Rogers. Continuous praise for her musical potency has come from an array of tastemakers too.
Focused on the freedom music provides and rejecting the genres and stereotypes its industry seeks to enforce, Mysie is an artist without limits and most certainly one to watch.
From the get-go, music has run through Mysie’s blood: brought up as the granddaughter of a renowned Ugandan jazz musician, creativity has surrounded and become a part of her. Growing up as a second-generation immigrant in London, Mysie was immersed in the powerful history of her culture as the African scores pumped themselves into her work and her life alike, from the sounds of the Congolese singer, producer and composer Koffi Olomide to the inheritance of her grandfather’s dynamic cadence. “It’s a part of me naturally”, she describes, “that underlying African rhythm and that untouchable sensation”.
Drawing inspiration from one track in particular when developing her own project – ‘On the Level’ by Mac DeMarco – Mysie was moved by the experimental nature that even popular music can have, and sought to channel this integral creativity into her own work. Homing in on her own diverse influences, from the daring psychedelic innovation of Thundercat to the vibrant fervency of N.E.R.D, Mysie’s evocatively playful style seamlessly draws together her inspirations and her distinctive individuality.
Whether it be searching for new musical structures and not following the basic formula – reordering verses and choruses, mixing up hooks and intros – or creating experiential visuals, Mysie is all about progress.