15 July 2013

Fiona Soe Paing Takes You to New Places

The Black Lantern Music label is one of the best labels putting out exciting releases right now. Their artist roster includes acts like Tickle, Eaters, Nevada Base, Ill Papa Giraffe, Burning Bright, Comma, Asthmatic Astronaut,  Daddy_Scrabble, Underling, and Krowne.

Black Lantern Music writes, "Over the years we have released a massive range of hip-hop, electronic and experimental music, taking in styles as diverse as jazz, techno, crunk, future bass, synth-pop, electro, alt.rap, math-rock, dark synth, chillwave, dubstep, ambient and doomcrunk... and that's just scratching the surface."

Also in the lineup is Fiona Soe Paing, a remarkable woman producing  experimental electronic music mingled with her ethereal voice singing in Burmese and English. Her music takes you to new places. Here's an example of what we mean, the song "Daymoon Sun" from Fiona Soe Paing's Tower of Babel EP+DVD.

The song is also featured in the Black Lantern Music label sampler BLM:50 Raise the Black Lantern. The label says, "This Black Lantern 'best of' features 50 tracks, some from across our back catalogue, plus a few exclusives. It's available from our Bandcamp as a pay-what-you-want download. We release most of our music free of charge, and when we do charge, that money goes straight to the artists. We're raising funds for a website re-launch - if you can donate some money in exchange for these 50 tracks, we'd very much appreciate it."  

Details from Fiona Soe Paing's profile at Black Lantern:  

Based in Aberdeenshire, Fiona Soe Paing has been evolving her unique brand of experimental, vocal-led electronica since 2007. One of her first home demos, sung in fledgling phrasebook Burmese, was discovered on Myspace by the legendary BBC DJ Charlie Gillett, who included it on one of his Sound of the World compilations, released internationally on Warner Music, alongside artists including Gotan Project and Devendra Banhart.    

Tower of Babel EP is accompanied by a limited edition DVD of music videos by New Zealand animation artist Zennor Alexander. Their previous collaborations have been screened on The Arts Channel on Sky TV New Zealand, as well as at film festivals including Digital Fringe Melbourne and NEON digital arts festival Dundee. Fiona has performed the 'live cinema'-style set with the projected animations at venues including Auckland Art Gallery, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and with the National Theatre of Scotland....    

In early 2012, Fiona was granted funding through Creative Scotland to make new work, and two of the new tracks are included on the Tower of Babel EP.

The 2010 EP Songs From No Man's Land  is also a winner, featuring four tracks from the audio-visual performance of No Man's Land. The description reads, "Skeletal, off-world electronica from Aberdeenshire based Scottish/ Burmese producer and vocalist Fiona Soe Paing - alien lullabies envelop and mesmerize in the spaces between dreaming and waking." And just check the reviews:

"Weirdness to soothe your soul"   --Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music    

"hybrid going on mutant"  --The Guardian  

"stylish, elegant and sinister"  --New Zealand Herald  

"outrageously beautiful"  --Grand Central Records 

All the positive reviews ring true, and Fiona Soe Paing is nothing short of remarkable. We love her.

Music License: Creative Commons, see individual tracks for specific licensing
Artist Location: Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK


  1. Hello there, thanks so much for your lovely feedback - much appreciated! Black Lanterns rock eh. Greetings from sunny Aberdeen :-)

    1. Thank YOU for sharing your sound with the world. We wish you every success with your music!


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