Elohim's New Braindead EP Sheds Light on Mental Health Awareness Month
In celebration of mental health awareness month, Los Angeles artist and producer Elohim has released a powerful new EP, Braindead. Focusing on her own journey to encourage the de-stigmatization of talking about mental health, 100% of this month’s proceeds from the album will be donated to various charities that have outreach programs for those who suffer from mental illness. What’s more, each song has a specific breathwork video that acts as a guided meditation to the music.
Elohim openly shares that from the age of seven, she has experienced recurring bouts of panic attacks during different stages of her life. When she was old enough to understand what was happening to her, she began therapy and medication which she says has helped her immensely. In an interview with DancingAstronaut earlier this month, Elohim shared, “I want to tell my story so other people are brave enough to tell theirs. I want people to know that it is not something to be ashamed of, and it is OK to ask for help.”
Braindead candidly covers many levels of mental health, including the fear of prescribed medication, feelings of isolation, and aspects of the road to recovery and management. As an exploration of feelings and difficult topics, the album delivers Elohim’s trademark electronic sound, each track overarchingly dark, yet breathe life at the same time.
Songs like “TV” and “Pills” employ youthful EDM elements that cover everything from whispering, childlike-kitten voices, echoing, and recordings of Elohim talking over and under the music. The title song “Braindead” cheekily employs a computerized filter through which her voice seems to deliver a physical understanding of the song. Final track “Flagpole Sitta” is a surprising and innovative cover of Harvey Danger, which features AWOLNATION and neatly rounds out the collection of songs. The EP is cut up with sharp edges— much like the lyrics— though each element melds together to create a sweet, saccharine brittle.
Elohim explains about the album, "Braindead is a look into the beautifully broken minds of humans that face the challenges and struggles of mental health issues. We all see the world differently. Braindead is a musical tapestry that I made for people to listen to and hopefully explore their hearts, mind, and the world they live in with less fear, more clarity, and less self judgement.”
Earlier this month, Elohim kicked off her North American summer tour with blackbear, which runs through July with stops in Chicago, New York City, Boston, Toronto, and many others. Braindead is currently available to purchase and stream on all major platforms.
May 23 | Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center*
May 24 | Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater*
May 25 | Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
May 26 | New Orleans, LA @ Fillmore Theater*
May 30 | Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach*
Jun 1 | New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
Jun 2 | Durham, NC @ Performing Arts Center*
Jun 3 | Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore*
Jun 6 | New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17*
Jun 7 | Boston, MA @ House of Blues*
Jun 9 | Toronto, ON, Canada @ Rebel Toronto*
Jun 12 | Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre*
Jun 14 | Indianapolis, IND @ Egyptian Room*
Jun 15 | Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom*
Jun 17 | Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater*
Jun 18 | St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live*
Jun 20 | Cain's Ballroom @ Tulsa, OK*
Jun 21 | Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium*
Jun 23 | Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
Jul 5 - Jul 6 | Surrey, BC, Canada @ Fvded In The Park
Jul 19 | Denver, CO @ Global Dance Festival
* w/ blackbear