Today, genre-bending Swedish-American artist, Mapei anoints the world’s ears with the release of her long-awaited, highly anticipated new album, Sensory Overload. A delicate, eclectic cut of hypotonic tunes, Sensory Overload, is pure and honest art for the soul. Mapei’s unparalleled use of voice and range, coupled with the project’s striking production, makes this a piece that solely exists because of her one-of-a-kind talent.
A rising wave of new generation music, Sensory Overload, is an exploration of love and life with blissful lyrics that waltz across mesmerizing beats. Reflecting on the creation of Sensory Overload, Mapei, with her head held high, “proudly presents [her] sophomore album.” She explains: “For me, life has been a trip with many spectacles of joy. Although disappointments come with the territory, I try to manifest and visualize this piece of art. Instead of complaining, I take a stand and say how things can become instead of seeing things from a negative perspective.”
This project serves as the blueprint and stamping of who Mapei is. Taking listeners through her journey, the soul-pop songstress expands on the origins of her rhythmic notes. “In ‘From Nana’ whom I dedicated to my caretaker as a child, I say, ‘I made love in the sun, my whole life has been fun.’ I really appreciate my journey and you can hear that sonically on this album.” Showcasing a range of sounds as with songs like “Visions,” “you can hear echoes from reggae and African to Caribbean styles. I grew up in a West African club where my parents met and I feel that I have captured that essence and nuance of that time with a modern interpretation by mixing trap and 808s. It has a solid blend. The words tend to often go towards love a newfound subject to write about.”
In celebration of the album’s release, a short film will complement the prolific ten-track project. Directed by Niko Noir, Lisa Morborg, and Simona Bravo, Sensory Overload, the short film, is a 28-minute long story Mapei coins, “fabby-chic meets retro funk.” Exploring “the surreal world of utopia in [her] head,” the left-field phenom proves just how much of a visionary she is. Release date will be announced soon.
Down to the cover art, Mapei is a woman of detail, her intricacy and eyes are unmatched. Breaking down the inspiration behind the album’s artwork, Mapei explains that it is “symbolic of immigrants who travel to more prosperous countries to work so that they can go back home and build houses for their families. These homes are often under construction, and this place, in particular, is my mom’s house that I want to finish. She worked hard for years so that we could have a place in Liberia where I come from. The artwork is inspired by West African paintings we had in our home.”
Mapei demonstrates true artistry on Sensory Overload, and with anthems like “Rise Up,” that echo sentiments of confidence and courage, it’s one sweet-sounding adventure.
Listen to Sensory Overload: https://album.link/s/
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