Talking to the Trees

The essence of nature and a tale of humanity.

Embark on a journey through sound and nature with “Talking to the Trees,” the latest project by Mel·lif·lu·ous, inspired by a transformative walk in the park. During this walk, Lara’s friend Sasha highlighted the imminent threat posed by ivy’s chokehold on trees, endangering their survival. Sasha has committed to meticulously freeing each tree from the ivy’s grip.

In this project, Sasha crafts verses dedicated to the silent whispers of the trees, forming the lyrics for each song. Mel·lif·lu·ous, builds these songs using her voice, violin, and effects, creating soundscapes that bring the stories to life. 

All the sounds in this project are taken from nature and transformed through innovative effects on the voice and violin.

Mel·lif·lu·ous is an artist who defies convention, fusing classical, pop, and electronic influences to craft a sound that’s uniquely hers. With her voice and violin as her primary instruments, she takes listeners on a journey through soundscapes, looping her voice and violin using the Push3. Her musical evolution has been a rich tapestry, from touring across North America with indie groups to sharing stages with luminaries like K-OS and Odetta. Mel·lif·lu·ous has been accepted into a music residency in Japan next year to further develop the visuals for this album.

Explore the heartfelt connection between nature and music, and discover how Mel·lif·lu·ous captures the essence of the natural world through this unique blend of sound design and poetic lyrics.

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Collaboration With SASHA BARYSHNIKOVA

Stay tuned for more chapters unfolding in the months (and perhaps years) to come. “Talking to the Trees” transcends being just an album; it’s a conversation with nature, a harmonious blend of sound and symbolism, and a lovely walk with a dear friend through the park.

Alder Girls (shorter)

Can’t stay inside.
A forest path swells with leaflets.
Salmon berry trembles with fervor
Eager to engorge on photons.
I don’t know who I am
And whether I am enough,
I know I want to be
Where Alder Girls laugh.

I am entering the forest’s mind.
My thoughts are forest’s dreams.
In the opening by the creek
I see them, waiting for me.
I don’t care who I am
And whether I am enough.
I am learning from Alder Girls
How to laugh.

There must be something in our tea,
Something in the music of this creek.
At once, time goes in every which way.
Space curls into a cluster of cones in my hand.
I don’t need to know who I am
And whether I am enough.
I grow, I grow
Along the dimension of love.

Also check out Spákonufell

For two months earlier this year, I had the wild privilege of traveling to the small town of Skagastrond, Iceland, as a part of an artist residency. Each day, I woke up and looked out my window to see a breathtaking view of the mountain Spákonufell.

I am delighted to announce the release of my album, “Spákonufell,” which was written and recorded in in the freezer of an old fish factory located in this town. This is also the mountain that graces my album cover in artwork by the massively talented Lena J. Fahlén.

Album Release

I am delighted to announce the release of my album, “Spákonufell,” which was written and recorded in in the freezer of an old fish factory located in Skagastrond, Iceland. This is also the mountain that graces my album cover in artwork by the massively talented Lena J. Fahlén.

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