Video: MIA GLADSTONE – “OPEN LETTER” ft. Teezo Touchdown
The Two Boundary Pushing Artists Create a World of Their Own in the Video For Her Latest Beautifully Complex Song
Home to Recent Single “TALKING ONLINE” and Guest Spots from Matt Martians, and Others, Mia’s New Project LOOPY Releases This Friday, October 14, via PINK BOX STUDIOS
“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
“DGAF media icon” – FLAUNT
“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
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MIA GLADSTONE is a master chemist who can seamlessly blend disparate elements into a single infectious groove. Coming through with her latest multi-faceted banger as she tries to disentangle a complicated relationship, MIA GLADSTONE shares “OPEN LETTER,” a new video single. A duet with fellow rising artist Teezo Touchdown, the song combines elements of hip-hop, R&B, dance music, and more into a sound of its own. “OPEN LETTER” appears on LOOPY, Mia’s next project, out this Friday, October 14th.
“I wrote ‘OPEN LETTER’ about two people,” says MIA GLADSTONE. “I was infatuated with them simultaneously–it was a confusing time. I felt like my love with the first person had the potential to be harmonious, and the other love was more complicated, less stable…There was an element of chase, chaos… I wrote it over a period of a couple months, so relationships shifted and that was reflected in the lyrics. ‘OPEN LETTER’ has seen many iterations. It started as the hook & I wrote verses to that beat but it wasn’t flowing right so then I made the lil’ flute transition part in another project file, then made an alternate beat for new verses in a new project file, and then the outro on another, which became the intro. The creation of this song truly pushed my evolution as a producer and beatmaker. I experimented a lot, played with a lot of new plug-ins…It’s probably the longest I’ve spent on a song. It was like four songs that became one.”
“OPEN LETTER” arrives with a video that similarly combines multiple techniques and storylines into a chaotic, but cohesive whole. Directed by William Alan Harris, it combines elements of ethereal beauty with intense body horror, packing in references as diverse as Akira, the I Spy series of picture books, Fantastic Voyage, The Little Prince, and more, using claymation, stop-motion animation, CGI, papercut animation, and more to tell its story. In the video, Mia and Teezo have the power to change the environment with their words, transforming their surroundings and themselves to fit their lyrics.
“He’s a person who truly values art and does music because he loves it,” says MIA GLADSTONE of Teezo Touchdown. “We ended up shooting the video in LA for two days & the way he embodied his lyrics when we filmed was super inspiring to me.”
“OPEN LETTER” is the latest in a line of insanely creative videos from LOOPY, Mia’s forthcoming third project, out this Friday. Her first entirely self-produced body of work, LOOPY is an oasis of self-expression–the culmination of a three-year journey as a human exploring gender, sex, identity, fluidity, social media, the mind, and more.
Earlier this year, the artist shared the invigorating “TALKING ONLINE” ft. Belis, takes an unflinching look at the horror of modern communication culture. “TALKING ONLINE” earned praise from FLAUNT, who called it “a brilliant satirical dig at the limitations media places on the human psyche” and hailed MIA GLADSTONE as a “DGAF media icon.” Mia kept the theme going with the sonically inventive “SOCIAL MEDIA” ft. Trent The HOOLiGAN, addressing the way social media companies profit off making people feel bad about themselves.
Featuring an appearance from Matt Martians on the bubbly, bass-heavy “EMPATHY,” plus additional appearances from Lance Skiiwalker and more, LOOPY is available on Friday October 14th via PINK BOX STUDIOS.
Watch “OPEN LETTER”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb0YEeU9CZo
Stream “OPEN LETTER”: https://miagladstone.lnk.to/OPENLETTER
Pre-order LOOPY: https://miagladstone.lnk.to/LOOPY
- SLOW GROW (FEAT. LIFEOFTHOM)
- SWIMMING ON THE FIRST DATE (FEAT. LANCE SKIIIWALKER)
- EMPATHY (FEAT. Matt Martians)
- SOCIAL MEDIA (FEAT. Trent the HOOLiGAN)
- OPEN LETTER (FEAT. Teezo Touchdown)
- WILL YOU COME AND TAKE A RIDE WITH ME
- CORPORATIONS (FEAT. Maiya Blaney, Uhmeer)
- TALKING ONLINE (FEAT. Belis)
- WHEN I THINK TOO MUCH I GET SICK TO MY STOMACH
- I LEFT THE WINDOW OPEN (FEAT. muva of Earth, SemiraTRUTH)
- POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
“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
“OPEN LETTER”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb0YEeU9CZo
Pre-order LOOPY: https://miagladstone.lnk.to/LOOPY
“SOCIAL MEDIA” ft. Trent The HOOLiGAN: https://miagladstone.lnk.to/SOCIALMEDIA
“EMPATHY” ft. Matt Martians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olxMcozE-w8