By Cynthia Gross
Known for his distinct ability to dismantle stereotypes and build community through his music, New Rochelle, NY-born and Washington, D.C-based violinist Marvillous Beats provides yet another example of his incredible versatility with his latest project.
Marvillous Beats describes his new album, Chilled Violin: Focus, as a chill-hop, lo-fi, neoclassical experience that serves as “an inspiring companion to your study, relaxation, and self-care needs.” The nine-track collection features a medley of sounds, including chill beats, electric guitar, classical piano – and of course, Marvillous Beats’ signature electric violin.
Released on October 21, Chilled Violin: Focus offers a magical experience that transports listeners to a place of peace, calm, and positivity. The world music influences and melodic electric guitar on “Liberty City” make the song a particular standout among the many gems on the album.
“I would love people to use this music as a soundtrack to their study, chill, and relax time,” explains Marvillous Beats. “For hip-hop and rap lovers, Chilled Violin is the perfect mental and spiritual break from the mainstream trap and drill sound or message that is so prevalent right now.”
During a past interview with Alchemical Records, Marvillous Beats noted how fatherhood made him more open to exploring different genres and moods of music, specifically the chill-hop, jazz-inspired sound that informs his latest album. By expanding his reach, he hopes his music will continue to inspire young people like his daughter to never give up on following their dreams.
Chilled Violin: Focus represents Marvillous Beats’ first-ever completely original collection. The tracks constitute the first volume of Chilled Violin songs for his new chill-hop lo-fi playlist.
New and seasoned audiences looking to break free from writer’s block or simply cozy up with a partner and their favorite drink will find what they are looking for in Chilled Violin: Focus. The album is a collection of soundscapes that provides a much-needed sanctuary of uplift and release amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Like Marvillous Beats’ earlier work, Chilled Violin: Focus aptly captures how diverse genres and elements have the ability to complement each other, creating a canvas that’s all the more beautiful. Symbolically, each song on the album allows listeners to press the pause button, recharge, and emerge better, stronger, and ready to face whatever that lies ahead.
Listen to “Liberty City” below and check out the full Chilled Violin: Focus album here.
Cynthia Gross is a freelance writer and award-winning spiritual pop artist based in Maryland. With more than a decade of experience as an executive ghostwriter, she understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
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This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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