- 27 Jan 21
Neo-classical composer/producer Emiji explores the dichotomy of light in his new single ‘Larimar’, featuring vocals from Dublin electro-pop duo Hvmmingbyrd.
Producer, composer, engineer and musician Emiji has joined forces with Hvmmingbyrd on his brand new single, 'Larimar'.
Originally from Poland, Emiji has spent the past number of years as co-owner of Dublin-based production house Diffusion Lab. During this time, he has produced albums, EP’s and singles for a number of Ireland’s most popular artists; including Jafaris, Nealo, Soulé, DAY_S, Rushes and Mango X Mathman.
‘Larimar' is a cinematic overture of serenity, delving deep into the human psyche in aid of examining the importance of understanding one’s turmoil on the never-ending road to inner peace.
“Knowing your dark side is knowing your light,” Emiji explains of the track's inspiration. “It’s a reference to Jung’s shadow that I work on to integrate, knowing I’m not perfect and that I have a dark side. This makes peace inside of me and allows me to be a happier person."
The track is reminiscent of the works of Scandinavian multi-instrumentalist Peter Sandberg and Wexford producer Sacred Animals, and was first conceptualised as an orchestral piece.
Written by Emiji whilst sitting at his piano and experimenting with the opening motif, he later began recording string accompaniment and a vibrant percussion section.
“I was inspired by that peace I had in my mind but I wanted to keep things a little emotional too,” Emiji explains.
Once the instrumentation was complete, Emiji approached Hvmmingbyrd to add their own lyrical and vocal component to the mix.
Dublin outfit Hvmmingbyrd re-formed in 2016 from its folky quintet beginnings of 2013. Now an alt-pop duo, the pair consists of original member Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das.
“We sat down in the studio for a good few hours, writing lyrics and melodies, recording vocals and chatting” Emiji said of the collaborative process. “I love the girls' voices, they made the song so much more meaningful and they have a beautiful contrast to each other”.
Hvmmingbyrd noted that working with Emiji was one of the highlights of their careers so far.
“It’s not often that singer-songwriters get offered something of this calibre to put their stamp on and ‘Larimar’ struck us as something really special on first listen," they add. “Emiji is not only a great instrumentalist and producer, but our favourite to record with in-studio so it truly was a joy to work with him as vocalists. We’re excited to hear the rest of his album”.
Emiji is already looking to the future, putting the finishing touches to his debut album, My Journeys - scheduled for release later this year.
“It’s about encouragement to move on, step up and learn and integrate new things into one’s life as well as becoming the best version of one's self and embracing nature”.
By examining the darkness that has come before, ‘Larimar’ offers listeners a flavour of the bright future Emiji has in store.
Check out the new single 'Larimar' below: