Electronic poetry entangled by queer intensity.
The new mothertongue.m3u EP opens in a cavalcade of sound, preparing listeners for an expedition of musical intensity and nuance.
Written with fierce intention by NYC’s Rachika S and Tokyo-bound Biki Zoom, mothertongue.m3u is electric poetry sending messages across borders. The duo examine loss, intimacy, and liminality with processed guitar tracks and layered verse. Together they generate visionary intensity out of immanent entanglements of queer rumination.
Really, the juxtaposing bodies and projected imagery shown in mothertongue.m3u’s new music video says it all, but we couldn’t help wanting more. We took a moment to converse with Rachika and Biki about their creative process, influences, and meaning making.
Congratulations on your EP, I can't help appreciate its sound and meaning. But please, tell us about mothertongue.m3u?
Biki: mothertongue.m3u is the name of the EP. We are Rachika S and Biki Zoom. I was born in Japan and have moved back and forth between there and the US all my life, so I consider myself bicultural. We met in college and grew to know each other online, bonding all summer while living in different states by texting paragraphs back and forth for months on end. We talked about trans-nationalities, media/technology, queer love, and ambient music. That winter I texted Ro about an idea for an experimental radio show, layering ambient music with writing rendered through computer dictation voices. So, the beginning was just us fucking around in the college radio studio.
Rachika: Eventually, it grew into a more serious endeavor. I wrote original music over which Biki collaged her own readings and writings. It means a lot to me that the basis of our friendship – digital communication and processing queer intimacy – reflects the basis of the project. For me, the project pulls together threads, labor, and ghosts from so many loves in my life. One lover’s hands caressing with mine projected over the bodies of two close friends, my girlfriend, and I cuddling, with lyrics about cycles of violence from relationships with ex-lovers.