Last winter, in the dark belly of the Tapp’s building in downtown Columbia, they shut the door, locking us into the Fountain Room to prevent any interruptions. What followed was heartbreaking and breathtaking and utterly unforgettable. Ahomari has performed under a few different monikers, that night at New Legacy Project’s Subversive Arts Festival Extravaganza (SAFE), they were no longer singing as Cyberbae but they were not yet blue,girl. The latter is a brand new incarnation, and the singular, evocative quality of this artist’s work is even more ethereal and searing on this latest endeavor.
As blue,girl, Ahomari, a queer, black SC-based singer/songwriter, along with musician and producer Sean Jones, has created something both easy to listen to and deeply challenging. I’m reminded of the art pop of Secretly Canadian artists like Antony and the Johnsons (now Anohni) and Jens Lekman, who have spent nearly two decades rolling their eyes at our pop expectations while baring their souls. Like those folks, blue,girl is defiant and painfully self-aware, vulnerable and inviting. The four songs on this EP echo and pulse. The lyrics plead and admonish. This is music to brood to, and (call me a half-glass full kind of gal) there’s an abiding hope here too. But don’t take my word for it. Have a listen.