Yoad Nevo. With influences ranging from Massive Attack, Peter Gabriel and Imogen Heap, as an introduction "Crystalline" shows that Mhairi is here to take some risks. Thick, warbling electronics open the track while Mhairi's icy vocal lines weave around glitchy, stuttering instrumentals.
Operating in the folk/acoustic realm during her early growth as an artist, it was towards the end of her time in school where Mhairi's interest in other artists began to develop, shifting towards a more expansive soundscape which would later become pivotal in her songwriting.
It's hard to really pinpoint Mhairi and "Crystalline" down with one genre. However, the depth and intricacy of the production on display here, blurring the lines between alternative electronic music and heady R&B, no doubt separates Mhairi McDonald from her peers, with her lyrical introspection providing further layers of intrigue.
Speaking on the track, Mhairi says:
"'Crystalline' explores the feeling of being lost inside your own mind, and how introversion can be a detriment to your sense of self and the relationships you have. The lyrics follow an internal dialogue, and shows a kind of struggle between two parts of my mind - one that needs to indulge in being alone, and one that needs to be anywhere else other than inside my own head."
Listen to "Crystalline" below.
Premiere via The Line of Best Fit.