Over the course of 2018, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has revealed glimpses into her highly anticipated new EP, “Ashes.” A figurehead of the dark-pop genre, Mothica real name McKenzie Ellis, has won a loyal following of fans and tastemakers alike thanks to her penchant for soul-tapping lyrics and a remarkable skillset as a modern pop music songwriter.
Counting The FADER, Earmilk, Bullett, Pigeons and Planes, Indie Shuffle and MILK as some of her many supporters, Mothica’s previous singles this year, “Burnout” and “Water Me Down,” showcased a welcome continuation of Mothica’s pop-meets-electronic sound and solidified the mounting buzz over the new EP. “Ashes” is her most ambitious project yet.
“I wrote ‘Crossfire’ about my first experience having a crush on a girl. The ‘Crossfire’ music video originally was going to be roller derby-themed showing powerful women, with me working the concession stand serving French fries.
“I wanted to be a side character for once. The director, Tim Hendrix, had a different idea and it turned into a surrealist, twisted, Scott Pilgrim-inspired psychedelic trip starring roller skater, Crystal Roseborough of the LA Roller Girls. It was a 15-hour day, shot entirely on a green screen other than the opening shot. I think it shows a quirkier side to my often deemed ‘sad’ music and my ability to not take myself so seriously.”
This week’s download comes from the singer/songwriter Mothica and her new EP, “Ashes.” You have seven days to download the song, “Crossfire.”
With a haunting voice, affecting lyrics and a minimalist take on production, it’s hard not to be drawn into Mothica’s world. Early in her career, Mothica collaborated with the likes of Tennyson, Diversa, as well as Brockhampton members Bearface and Kevin Abstract.