mmph: Dear God
Dear God is the debut EP from Seoul-born, Boston-based producer mmph (aka 24 year-old Sae Heum Han). Classically trained since childhood, Sae Han first came to Boston to study Cello performance at Berklee College of Music before turning his concentration towards Electronic Production & Design and starting his project as MMPH. Dear God marks a turning point in the rapid evolution of this young producer, a merging of his classical training, sophisticated composition, and unique sound design. Han's ability to conjure a seemingly contradictory series of influences into bespoken universes places him alongside sonic puzzle makers like Oneohtrix Point Never, Nicolas Jaar, Arca and Caribou. The 5-song EP is guided musically by introspection and personal experience, a multi-faceted landscape filled with tragedy and dread. Opening with "Sun God" and into "Facade," mmph paints a purgatory-esque desert wherein an insurmountable pressure creates an infinite feeling of desolation. The EP shifts with the wind chimes and ASMR vocal samplings on "Past Lives" into a blissed pool of remnant memories, drowning the listeners in nostalgia, eventually freeing them from the seemingly endlessness experienced at Dear God’s opening. "Dear God was written in times filled with doubt and personal hardship. Experiencing personal tragedies and uncontrollable nature of our lives, writing the EP was the only way I knew how to cope and deal with these events. Simultaneously, attending school for music, you are constantly surrounded by criticism and anxiety. The love you have for the art is often overshadowed by the expectation of excellence and virtuosity. My personal love affair with music became one of my last priorities. Writing this EP not only let me vent, but it also helped me fall in love with music all over again. Ironically, it was the last thing I sought but ended up becoming the medicine that I desperately needed."