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There is no definitive genre that Alina Baraz & Galimatias fit into, just know that their music sounds and feels good. The duo created a project that culminates electronic pop, R&B, and a bit of hip hop. From Ohio, Alina Baraz always sang in choirs as a child but realized at 19 that she wanted to sing and went after her aspirations by moving to California.
Baraz’s encounter with Galimatias started with her singing over one of his beats, putting it in the atmosphere that she would work with the producer one day. With the Danish producer overseas, the distance between the two didn’t stop them from working with each other. With no face to face contact and sending tracks back and forth over email, the twosome was able to create Urban Flora, which debuted in 2015. Alina cites that the inspiration for the album stems from watching the stages of a flower unfold, which is supported by the cover art and a song from the album.
The title of the project stems from a mixture of Galimatias and her, with his style being urban and her sultry vocals acting as the flower. This combination makes for an interesting sound that gets better and better as the album progresses. Her song “Pretty Thoughts” utilizes violins and a slow tempo that aids in Baraz’s narrative about a temporary love. “Fantasy” has a sort of pop feel to it as she croons about taking her lover somewhere far away and relaxing. “Can I” is a bit more sexy and sensual, but it tends to hint at her flower theme, as well as, intellectually exploring the many layers of her lover. Baraz states that she likes to remain out of the spotlight and give to her audience gradually, which gives her an air of mystery.
It keeps audiences guessing and gives them something to look forward to instead of bombarding them all at once. With this being her first project, it has me very excited to see what else she and Galimatias have up their sleeves. Although Alina Baraz isn’t signed yet, her originality and continued collaboration with Galimatias makes her hard to pass up on.
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