Turkish Musician and Filmmaker Ece Era Releases Debut Ep “War On Innocence”

Multifaceted artist, Ece Era, has morphed her cinematic and philosophical muse to concoct an EP of tension and release without uttering more than a few words. The Turkish born musician and filmmaker merged her curiosity of language relativity and her reminiscent adoration of Eurodance to create an inspiring trance of intoxicating synthesis.

The three track lineup of War On Innocence bellows with rapport with each listener, where your own mise en scène inevitably finds itself lined up with the melody at every pulse. It’s personal yet ambiguous, a combination that is nearly unattainable. With Era’s background in film it is clear that War On Innocence pulls from the obscurity of a script– where a line, gaze, or gesture are up for interpretation. It traverses the ability to communicate through words and introduces us to something more personal.

War On Innocence Album Art

At a very young age, Era was impassioned during the simple moments in life which strayed her away from the normalities of a preteen. She says “Primary and middle school were hell. I was made fun of for being odd or having different tastes. My mother often told me she wished she had a ‘normal’ daughter. I ended up thinking there was only one way to be – an ‘objective reality’. I studied how other kids behaved in order to replicate it. I succeeded, but deep down I was unsatisfied.” The awareness of her differences crippled her sanity and often led to misconceptions of her character, but in the world of self-expressive art she found her silver-lining.

After making the impulsive decision to uproot her life to New York City and finish her education, Era discovered her indescribable infatuation of philosophy. In her pursuit to understand the complexity of human nature and communication she found her reputable outlet. As articulation is often the barrier between understanding, music seemed to balanced her confusion. Most things in life are better left unexplained– rather felt, heard, and understood and War On Innocence is the embodiment of that haven.

The first track, “Anything” introduces a calm intensity of vibrations amid its decorous idiosyncrasy. It draws you in rhythmically and its steadiness produces the perfect amount of anticipation for the connective second track. “Chero” is a dreamworld of the voices in your head. Analogous to the shimmer of Grimes’ indistinct lyricism, what’s being said is unknown but it’s confusingly euphoric. It puts you in a state of spotlight, where you are the main character in the narrative you’ve never written but feel compelled to now, centering in on the fire that’s often suffocated by doubt.

Watch the “Chero” music video here.

As “Chero” glistens to its end, “Neighboring Solitudes” writes the credits. If “Exit Music (For a Film)” wasn’t already apart of Radiohead’s discography, that title would be opportune. It emanates hope while regurgitating dread, all while backed by a buoyant base. Its constant hum brings us to the end, the rolling credits, but its sparks of rebellious risks and dissonant chimes echoes with a sequel.

Although her sound is spirited and rather optimistic, through her music you feel her beautifully bold trip towards peace, all while finding your own.

Listen to the full EP here, now available on all streaming platforms.

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