Elohim and Yoke Lore see Pastel Auras: By 2014, Los Angeles-based electronic musician Elohim had hit rock bottom. Struggling terribly with her mental health issues, including crippling anxiety, she had moved into a small cabin and lay on the hardwood floor and cried every morning. She was faced with a direct choice – fight or flight. She chose the first.

“I decided to fight the good fight,” she says. “I worked a job and then went to the studio, every day around 5 p.m., and stayed until 3 a.m. It was that truly magical moment looking back, because there was no expectation. I did everything I did and it developed me as an artist and as a human being. I started acting and singing, and I really started writing about my mental health issues. That’s when everything clicked. I released a song called “Xanax”, in which I was very candid about my struggles with panic disorder, and the messages I received were like “OK, there’s a bigger purpose to doing this” .

Elohim began using music as a form of therapy, writing songs with titles such as “Why am I like this?” and a series of EPs titled Journey to the center of myself. The latter was born out of a need to create during the pandemic.

“Right before it all went wrong, I was on the group therapy tour,” Elohim says. “I was selling shows, doing meet and greets – it was amazing. And then I only watched about eight or nine of the actual shows, and it crushed me so much. I had all these plans – you have an album ready a year in advance. What do we do as artists? All we can do is create. I felt really lucky to have music at that time. I felt like I was getting back to basics. There was so much uncertainty, so I started creating so much music. My team was like, ‘We should put it all together,’ which is why we created this four-part thing.

The latest single is “Pastel Auras”, the most recent result of lockdown work. His collaborator on the track is freelance artist Yoke Lore.

“I come from a very artistic family, and my first big experience with music was in Hebrew school when I was little,” says Lore. “My family was sitting around a table, it was dusk, and we were lighting candles and singing old songs that my family members have always sung. You could feel the power of it. I think I wanted to do it forever, after that. But yeah, I started playing drums, and in college I joined Walk the Moon. Dropped out of school and toured with them for a while. Then I left that band and had an existential crisis. I went to India and lived in a monastery for a year, came back and started playing the banjo. And now we are the.

Elohim found himself listening to Lore’s song “Fake You” on several occasions, and the opportunity to collaborate with the artist on “Pastel Auras” was too good to pass up.

“While texting during the pandemic, we made that happen and it was really cool,” she says. “I was nervous because a session can be a bit weird with someone you’ve never met before in your life. We had never spoken on the phone or anything, but I think I immediately felt comfortable, which was a relief. We had a very similar selection of sounds in our brains. Every time one of us played a sound we liked, at the same time, we were like, ” it was incredible”. So it was quite homogeneous. We made the song in a few hours, with my brother. Adrien [Lore’s real name] arrived with a nice notebook, sat down and read us a poem he had written the day before on a plane. It could have been incredibly awkward and weird, but it was so poetic and beautiful and brilliant. We were speechless.

Yes, reading two pages of poetry during a recording session to people you just met is a cheeky move, but it paid off.

“The song came from this poem I wrote,” Lore says. “It was about a woman who is really important to me, but it’s kind of the idea, the complicated nature of affection. Really intense power. There’s this idea that the flowers killed the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs operated on this paradigm of aggression and terror. Flowers came and they flipped the script. They were like, you don’t have to eat or poison or destroy – we’ll do that with sex. We are going to make seduction more powerful than terror. After the success of the flowers, everyone started doing it.

Thank goodness for the flowers then, or we’d all be eating each other again. A version of this concept, flowers taking over, was used for the song’s video, filmed in the high desert.

“Places where you wouldn’t normally see flowers,” says Elohim. “So we made it to the high desert and brought a ton of flowers. There still weren’t enough flowers. You don’t really see flowers in the desert unless they’re coming out of a cactus.

It worked well and it must have been a blessed relief for an artist with anxiety to create something so liberating, especially after living through the global pandemic.

“For me, my safe place is my home,” says Elohim. “That’s where I don’t have anxiety. But I had to push myself out of my front door. So the pandemic was nice because I didn’t feel anxiety, but then I started feeling more of a kind of depression. Cut to a year and a half later of not leaving my house, the first comeback show was Lollapalooza, 5pm slot, and I was completely destroyed. Panic invaded my whole being. So I went back to therapy. This year has been really tough for me and it’s been a constant battle – I’m just trying to get through it, honestly.

Both artists are eager to release this song and video, and they both have shows and festivals planned for the summer. Flowers, it seems, conquer all.

Elohim and Yoke Lore see Pastel Auras: Elohim and Yoke Lore’s “Pastel Auras” single and video are out now.

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