London musician / producer Meelo returns with the video release – ‘CODA’, lifted from his debut EP ‘Movement 1’.
‘CODA’ follows on from Meelo‘s recent singles ‘Bossa ft Goya Gumbani’ and ‘Reflets’ and continues his musical evolution, existing in a liminal space between intricate soul and left-field electronica.
The visually striking choreographed video, shot entirely on 16mm film, features acclaimed dancer Kat Collings form the Rambert School of Contemporary Dance and Ballet
Meelo says: “Meditation and melancholy run through CODA, a short piano piece which rounds off my debut EP. It comes with a suitably dark and matador-inspired choreography from my partner Kat Collings, CODA brings to a close the themes of struggle, redemption and self control that run through my first offerings.”
When Meelo was well into his career as a touring session player and music therapist, (playing for the likes of Goya Gumbani and Tertia May), he was forced to stop everything on a fateful day when the front wheel of his bike jammed and he broke his arm. Shut away and unable to play he took some time for himself, his production skills, and poetry; applying that to his already strong songwriting and compositional abilities he began to build an EP that represented this moment of self-contemplation.
It took another fateful moment to accelerate the project when Meelo met Frankie Mami, international Dj, and production engineer master. Sat at the back of a session in Frankie’s studio Meelo slipped in and spun a track he was working on called “Gatto”; Frankie’s ears pricked up, and with a knowing smile the two of them recognized something special. Frankie’s enthusiasm, refined expertise and invaluable guidance propelled the project to new levels and kickstarted a beautiful friendship built on mutual respect and sharing.
Movement 1 is joyous, and at times despairing but loaded with the momentum and power that comes with exploring one’s self. It’s the result of years of the artist trying to find his way, releasing the fears of the past and ultimately finding his voice. Ambitious in his genre-spanning scope and fiercely committed to the redemptive quality of music, Meelo’s story can be heard and felt on every note of his debut EP.
Image credit: Kat Collings