Baeilou Announces Single, “Eleanora”
From behind the veil of young love’s ephemeral sweetness, “Eleanora” is the new single from baroque singer-songwriter Baeilou. Using the cello as an otherworldly extension, the melody meanders through a creaking hallway full of cobwebs and flickering lights. It’s lush soundscape creates an eerie, unsteady feeling as the disillusionment of falling in love becomes an all encompassing embrace. “Eleanora” is the first single off the upcoming EP, Inside Under, out August 24.
“Eleanora” is based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe with the same name. It deviates from the typical revenge-based nightmares and ends in forgiveness rather than retribution. Mia Pixley captured every rise and fall of Poe’s quasi true story with the extension of her soul, her cello. Named Baeilou, it has human qualities all its own that breathe life into each and every note. “Eleanora” begins with a tiptoeing muffled whisper, but quickly smolders into an oxygenated flame as Baeilou begins to take over the conversation. There are moments of blissful subtlety, but every high has a cold and punctuated low as the cello sprints to the end of its heart-piercing tale.
Performing with the cello is unlike a traditional musical experience. There’s a give and take to the respect it deserves and commands. Pixley explains why this is so sacred to her, “One must embrace the cello to play it. I love its belly, neck, and its curve. It feels sensual to me. I wanted a name that had the sounds of its smoothness, but I also wanted something that had a southern and Afro-caribbean-esque sound. Part of my adoptee experience as a biracial person especially, has been a lot of piecing things together and feelings things out until they feel right, somehow. I know very little about either of the cultures of my blood but somehow little bits still comes out in my music, and I want to honor that. The process of finding the name Baeilou for my cello, and eventually this project, was this piecing together approach as well.” Pixley also works in mental health and the sense that there was a growing distance from an emotional connection to one another sparked the inspiration for Inside Under. The project unintentionally goes inside an emotional responses to a lot of what we’re going through both politically and socially. Each song is an active conversation between herself and Baeilou.
Inside Under Track Listing
- All the light
- Mourning Mantra
- Witching Hour
"Baeilou" names Mia Pixley's cello, as well as her roots, experimental, and classical music inspired solo project. An Austin, Texas native, Mia is a cellist, singer and songwriter living in Oakland, CA by way of New York City (her cello is a Bay Area native). Baeilou's sound is a combination of her southern roots, pop, classical, and some kind of supernatural quirk. Baeilou has recorded with GRAMMY award winning artist Fantastic Negrito, performed in award winning Off-Broadway musicals, and been the principle musician in award winning full feature film scores. She holds a professional studies diploma in cello performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a PhD. in Clinical Psychology from CUNY Graduate Center.