Bmind, aka Jaime, was born and raised not very far from São Paulo, in Atibaia, a town where nature is omnipresent. Despite mandatory trips to the big city, he has always kept a strong, almost vital, connection with nature. Jaime draws inspiration from his mountains, from gardening or simply, hearing the wind. Subsequently, in a lot of his work, and in his new EP Like a lotus in the bog [ARCH126], nature plays an important role.
The Brazilian artist experiences music as a ritual, in which nature and men come together. As such, improvisation and collaboration are an integrant part of his pieces. Through spontaneity, Bmind aims to create introspective pieces, turning raw feelings into complex sonorities, with sporadic sounds like water droplets, steel-like cymbals, barely perceivable breezy drones or voices void of humanity, and other elements that contribute to the painting of a striking and vivid musical soundscape.
In addition to creating extremely visual pieces, Jaime really brings his music to life by manipulating the listener’s emotions. In Like a lotus in the bog, the artist aims to confuse the listener through entrapment, disorientation and unease. Through sequences of structural chaos, with no discernable rhythmic pattern, melodic dissonance and raw textures, he portrays the unsettling, the uncomfortable, and makes a point. Effectively, he does so in order to share his inability to adapt to the noise-filled polluted urban jungles in which most of us live.
In that sense, Jaime’s work can be hard to grasp at first, though his intentions could not be purer, as he simply wants to tell us how nature brings him comfort, how he finds refuge in the sound of the wind, or the presence of water.
“Since the man is man, he beats the drum, dances and connects with the energies of nature through music and dance. They actually are only one thing”.
Through his music, Jaime aims to remind us of a natural connection between men, nature and music, one that some of us might have lost in urban areas. Through sequences of constancy and sooth organic sonorities and by including sounds we are familiar with, such as the wind tickling our ears, water pouring down, droplets hitting the ground, he hands us something to grab onto during his pieces.
“(Water) has the power to heal, cleanse, to take away the negativity”.
Through every note, Bmind taints the music with his experiences, his perceptions and his moods. In Like a lotus in the bog, he aims to share his haven with the world, and more importantly, he makes a point about how we spend our lives: just as the lotus is able to grow in the harshest of environments, one can always find beauty even in boggiest places or times. Bmind seeks comfort in nature, what’s your lotus?