Breakbeats and house bangers delivered with a stirring personal message.
More than other dance music artists, the combination of Maya Bouldry-Morrison's music and personal life is a meaningful symbol to her listeners. The artist came out as trans part-way through her public career, leaving a trail of LPs that address different periods of her lived experience, from before coming out (2013's Between Two Selves) to the freeing yet uneasy feeling afterwards (2017's Where Are We Going?). Resonant Body represents another development in her life, one that her audience should find inspiring. "This record is different from my other ones," the artist recently told Wonderland, "mostly because I'm just happier than I've been."
Indeed, Resonant Body is filled with joy and self-empowerment. Where the artist's past work felt delicate and introverted, this LP whips its untamed hair, gearing towards higher tempos, wilder breakbeats and more party-rocking vocal samples than before. Even with this more upbeat approach, the music still sounds distinctly like Bouldry-Morrison. "Imminent Spirit Arrival" and "Deep Connections" are characteristically lush and moody, but with bigger build-ups and bolder rhythms. "Power To The People" has familiar political themes, but it's delivered with a brighter sense of optimism. "My Body Is Powerful," a meditative soundscape inspired by the home the artist shares with her two lovers, is yet another stirring example of how she injects intimacy into her art.
Then there are the bangers, which Bouldry-Morrison pulls off better than ever. In part, this could be attributed to her bump in attitude, but a year of heavy DJing (instead of playing live) surely had its effect, too. The quirky, '90s-style house bombs are just the kind of crowd pleasers you'll hear her play. "Move Your Body" is the most celebratory, with a chopped and looped vocal that amplifies its rowdy groove. "Ecstatic Beat" is moodier but still massive, featuring rough breakbeats atop cascading chords. On "Spin Girl, Let's Activate!," she pulls out all the stops—bright piano stabs, cheesy yet exuberant vocal samples and a goofy downward slide in BPM. If T4T LUV NRG is all about putting out music for "DJing, dancing, kissing and crying," this record nails it.