OAKLAND, CA – The upcoming single from Mia Pixley encapsulates a flourishing acrylic wave crashing through the halls of a Gothic-inspired architectural fortress. As the first piece of a musical and visual call-and-response project with her husband Kevin Shaw, it populates a deeply lush landscape of color, texture, and sound into one seamless melody. Utilizing a cross-medium conversation, the duo ignite a singular candle wick as wax drips from chamber ceiling to floor in an almost indecipherable direction. “Where You Stood” is the first single off the upcoming Spar Suite EP and is out for release on January 27.
“Where You Stood” is merely the beginning of a much larger narrative, it acts as the opening title page and preface to a much more comprehensive body of work. Complete with visually stunning and corresponding acrylic paintings, Pixley’s punctuated cello leaps off of Shaw’s canvas as the two share a conversation beyond linguistic context.
The Spar Suite EP is a visual art and music-based therapeutic intervention remedying the adjustment to new parenthood. It created an opportunity for Pixley and Shaw to connect with one another on a much more intimate level that only an unhindered sharing of art can facilitate. The call and response exercise reclaims moments of connection, as opposed to pouring energy in conflicting funnels. Shaw creates two paintings in response to Pixley’s musical compositions for a resulting four songs which could only exist in harmonious conception. She cites, “We began to feel more freedom and room to create time for ourselves and feel like more engaged parents to our now two and a half year old son. Our hope is that the project encourages others to reconnect with things that keep us grounded, connected, and joyful in this life.