Boomkat Product Review:
9-track mini-album "Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep" from Mykki Blanco.
"This body of work also marks their debut release as part of a recently signed deal with Transgressive Records in London (supported by PIAS worldwide). The music of this new mini-album introduces a more nuanced and genre- spanning set of work, suggesting the reflective wisdom of one who has experience and maturity on their side. Ushering in a fresh era for the artist, the songs take life and love into account, but also personal stakes that are higher than they've ever been. “I couldn’t continue on that same trajectory,” they say, calling up releases of old. "I can't call myself a serious musician if you can't go on a journey bumping a Mykki Blanco record from start to finish."
Mykki’s desire to elevate their artistry provided the lifeblood. They felt the approach of the early part of their career had long resembled that of a performance artist rather than a musician; and as much as they hungered for longevity, they wanted more to connect with the mechanics of how they created their own work. “I liked my life. I liked the life my career had given me. I loved songwriting, but I was afraid,” Blanco admits. “There was still a level of musicianship that I was relying too much on other people for, and I could feel that spiritual gap.” To that end, the unique partnership they formed with producer FaltyDL — one that has been continuous since they first found themselves collaborating in 2018 — was instrumental in its creative process.
When the two began working on music together in 2018, Blanco was fresh out of a serious relationship — Mykki’s actual first — that had spread out over three years. After a twenties that was characterized by “a lot of sexual trauma,” an actual committed relationship proved to be a balm. “It was healing. It was like God brought that man into my life to teach me how to love myself better. It was through his love of me that I was able to realize that I was worthy of love.” And though that relationship has ceased, the impact of it remains powerful in Blanco's mind as both a beautiful memory and an experience they sought to capture in composition. At its core, Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep is a collection of songs about love that grew out of the end of this cherished romance. This mini album is further informed by Blanco’s childhood spent between California and North Carolina, listening to acts as disparate as Jamiroquai (their first concert) and Macy Gray (the first CD they paid for) to Riot Grrrl bands and the Neptunes. They’ve also been further influenced by being based primarily in Europe for the last few years and collaborating with a wide cross-section of artists in these years that have passed since their debut album. Mykki Blanco’s music and artistic career has long been an amalgamation of their broad tastes and continuous evolution; and with great intention, Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep is the next step on this long road."