MIA GLADSTONE Explores The Underbelly of the Internet in “TALKING ONLINE” ft. Belis
An Expert Producer and Playful Songwriter Who Specializes in Knotty Pop Earworms, the Rising Singer Prepares LOOPY, An Entirely Self-Produced EP With Guest Spots From Teezo Touchdown, Matt Martians & More
“Her chilled out fusion of pop, R&B, and jazz is already grabbing everyone’s attention with her mesmerizing DIY visuals leaving them hooked. Gladstone’s effortless ease and abundant enthusiasm shine through in her work, making her a promising young voice on the precipice of greatness.” – PAPER
“With every song in her catalog, Gladstone maximizes the animation of her art, constantly bringing new listeners into her colorful world of sound.” – Lyrical Lemonade
21 Breakout Artists to Watch For in 2021 – Okayplayer
Unbound by genre convention or traditional song structure, MIA GLADSTONE‘s warped pop songs appeal to the brain’s intellect and pleasure centers in equal measure. Taking a tuneful, yet uncompromising look at how a young queer woman navigates a digital life, MIA shares “TALKING ONLINE,“ her invigorating and lush new video single. The electric piano-laden track spans an eventful three minutes, complete with complex chord changes, multiple tempo switches, and dueling lyrical perspectives. Produced by MIA herself and featuring a vocal contribution from Belis, “TALKING ONLINE” starts in a jazzy 6/8, as MIA sings from the perspective of the kind of leering male figure that she encounters all too often on city streets and in social media DMs. After indulging the boor for a short time, MIA flips the script and ups the tempo as she tells the lechers to pipe down, laying down a rhyme that perceptively touches on the fragmented communication that dominates this age.
“TALKING ONLINE” arrives with a boundary-pushing music video that takes an unflinching look at the horror of modern communication culture. “TALKING ONLINE” starts with a funhouse mirror version of a Zoom conference, as MIA introduces her alter ego: the “world renowned creator of The Expert’s Guide to Positive Affirmations.” The ensuing clip presents a speed run of negative social media experiences, ranging from over-sexualization to nasty DMs (watch closely to see a montage of MIA’s actual DMs running in the background) to the commodification of sham mental health solutions. Directed by William Alan Harris, the video for “TALKING ONLINE” mixes the ultra-modern subject matter with aesthetics that harken back to the grainy VHS era and the psychedelic 60s. Though the video paints a nightmarish picture, MIA remains defiant, determined to thumb her haters’ noses by living her truth.
“TALKING ONLINE” continues MIA’s creative hot streak, following in the wake of “EMPATHY,“ a collaboration with Matt Martians. She started her rise in late 2019, releasing her GROW EP, which quickly established her as an artist to watch. GROW received praise from PAPER Mag and more, and set the table for her 2020 sophomore effort CYCLE/S. Garnering millions of streams in her young career, MIA built a reputation for making music that challenges conventional thinking. “I [want] to share my open outlook with the world and empower other people to rid themselves of their judgments and lead with love,” she told PAPER.
MIA continues to lead with love on LOOPY, her forthcoming third EP. Featuring a collaboration with Teezo Touchdown and produced entirely by MIA herself, LOOPY arrives this Fall via Pink Box Studios.
Watch “TALKING ONLINE” ft. Belis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeJpIp43vvw
Buy/Stream “TALKING ONLINE” ft. Belis: https://miagladstone.lnk.to/talkingonline
(photo credit: Anna Koblish)
“Grow” has long been the mindset of MIA GLADSTONE and she wants it to be yours, too. A vegan icon and radical purveyor of self-love by day, the precocious youth moonlights as a true musical triple threat (singer/songwriter/producer). Late in 2019, Mia released her debut EP GROW, which has since garnered millions of streams and press support from Paper Mag, Hunger Magazine, and COOLS. The following year, Mia teamed up with producer Danny Shyman to deliver her sophomore effort CYCLE/S, a collection of songs that detail the importance of being spiritually grounded, physically present, and mentally fee. With sunny dispositions and thoughtful musings abound, the project caught the ear of industry veterans such as Zane Lowe, and was featured prominently across a number of major playlists. Mia’s third EP, LOOPY, is slated for release in 2022
“EMPATHY” ft. Matt Martians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olxMcozE-w8