San Francisco based artist, Aish, in a word is, "enigmatic." He creates large cinematic pop landscapes with layered vocals, strings, harp, electronics and found sounds. In his own words, his work contains poetry, and you can hear it in his lyrics and through his impulsive use of string arrangements combined with moody falsetto.
Today, he shares an exclusive look at his album, Mother, with EARMILK. The album themes fit neatly into our current political climate, particularly the those on human migration, separation from family, and understanding one's own sexual identity. Discussing the inspiration of the album, Aish shares, "Mother is about my mother. It's about my attachment to her, how she shaped the perception of my feelings as elemental as joy and sorrow, our separation and finding answers to questions she left."
Continuing to discuss how his upbringing has not only formed his worldview, but also his music, Aish shares,"You're getting the estranged son of an artist mother with an emotional terrain of a cliff. You're getting a singer, writer, and producer who reckoned with a generational barrier to artistic work, migrated continents to complete a musical education, to sing with shameless celebration without permission from class, race, sexuality, or visas."
Often donning fantastical costumes in his live shows, backed by a string quartet, synthesizers, electronic percussion, harp, and a boy's choir - Aish has a sense of how large a performance, song, and world can be - but the purest moments of his new album come from seeing the largeness of everyday moments.