Peppered with stabs of horns and strings and a healthy dose of vocal acrobatics, Black Seaweed is the latest single from Brisbane’s MKO SUN aka Hannah Macklin.
A slow burning R&B jam, this horn and string inflected number sees Macklin further experimenting with her sound, once again using a live band to add an organic feel to the sounds electronic landscape. Wearing her influences on her toned and bare arms (seriously, girl has like Linda Hamilton in T2 arms) the track unabashedly echoes the sound and style of fellow future-sexy luminaries such a FKA Twigs and Le1f.
The accompanying video, directed by Brisbane photographer Mia Forrest and with art design and make-up by Bille Weston, further expands Macklin’s imaginative aesthetic and style. Shot in a Lady Gaga meets Hedi Slimane style with a high fashion feel, the video showcases the singer’s talent for movement with its serpentine choreography perfectly matching the subtle sensuality of the song.
Rife with electronic production wizardry, the song nevertheless maintains an organic feel via Macklin’s use of a live band to play/trigger samples and instrumentals. With Myka Wallace (drums/samples) and Steele Chabau (bass/synths/samples) – as well as a swathe of classical session players – all contributing to her upcoming Opus Opalus EP, Macklin isn’t afraid of taking the road less travelled or the more difficult option if the pay off is worth it.