// s o f t ~ t h i n g s //
also! having a frozen orange on hand is really helpful for me. I roll it over my body and then I poke at the skin so the smell of the orange becomes more potent. it helps remind me that I have the ability to control my body’s sensations. observing and describing 20 objects in a room or setting, either by saying them out loud or writing them down also works as a grounding technique.
I’ve received quite a few asks regarding flashbacks recently. Most of my advice is the same as for dissociation because a lot of it relates back to grounding. Skills are transferable like that.
me: lowkey loves 1d but in a highkey way
living in harry’s ass is nice. it’s a great neighborhood. good elementary school
drake in the anaconda video and van gogh’s ‘at eternity’s gate’
Book quotes that are so good they hurt
-Dellaiva, Ava. “Love Letters to the Dead”
Ibeyi, made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, is an electronic doom soul duo who are forging a new spiritual sound with their debut EP Oya. The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings‘ newest signees, and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” possess a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, electronica, and blues infused with Yoruba prayers and folk songs that will transport you to a higher realm upon first listen.
Singing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba, Ibeyi count among their primary influences Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their late father, the celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Ibeyi’s vocal range, which wavers from the raspy and wraith-like to the sonorous and divine, is ideal for their sonic palette which revels in the phantasmagorical groove of liturgical Yoruba songs. Besides singing in Yoruba–which was brought to Cuba by West African slaves–Ibeyi honor their father’s legacy and Afro-Cuban heritage through their percussive production and use of live instruments. Beatsmith Naomi plays both the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi, and their first single and EP are both named for Oya (the benevolent orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).