The Record Stache


Today is the day that the new single ‘SEA’ from NYC-based electronic artist Searmanas is released. On this occasion, we are pleased to present you the first stream of this track to hit the net. Also, to start off with, Searmanas is the solo project of Niabi Aquena.

This song is as close as one can get to calming bliss in sonic form. We can certify that this is harmonious, clever and addictive music. Defying and rebuking easy categorization, Searmanas offers a holistic take on ambient music with a wee leaning towards the dark side. This NYC-based artist weaves in and out of ritual, pop, trance and a nostalgia-provoking mood, bringing her music closer into the familiar territory occupied by Jenny Hval, for instance.

Conceived in 2016, Searmanas is the solo project of electronic producer Niabi Aquena, her moniker derived from Gaelic and meaning “ceremony” or “ceremonial”. Originally hailing from the Shanandoah Valley in rural Virginia, Aquena has based her musical practice in New York City for almost two decades. A classically trained pianist and vocalist, her musical evolution has led her to experiment with electronic hardware. 

Searmanas’ sound explores the role of ceremony within urban experience, resulting in severe, textured landscapes with touches of sparse vocals. Her wordless poetry ranges from industrial glitches to layered, oceanic progressions, all tied together by an aura of questioning and chaos. Her music is inspired by early Aphex Twin, Ryuichi Sakamoto, early Tori Amos, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Grouper, FKA Twigs and Fever Ray.

’SEA’ is the second single off Searmanas’ debut self-titled album, which is forthcoming via LA-based Cleopatra Records. This single follows in the tracks of the solid and mystifying track ‘Undo’ – a certain must-hear for lovers of Enya, Gwenno, and Julianna Barwick.

SEA is where we have landed. It is the culmination of everything. It was written, in fact, from a poem that I wrote a love many years ago which was adapted to become the lyrics to this song,” explains Niabi Aquena. 

Let’s give credit where credit is due for this beauty:

Album produced by Niabi Aquena, Searmanas

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio (NY)

Mix by Joshua Valleau at The Glass Wall (NY)

In dedication to Yemaya

Searmanas has performed with the likes of John Bender, Hieroglyphic Being, Miho Hatori, and Mahogany. She is a member of Brooklyn-based media collective CHASM and regularly performs live in NYC and beyond. 

With ‘SEA’ and ‘Undo’ out in the public eye now, the full album will be made available only on July 4. You’ll be able to find it via online stores and streaming platforms, but recommend that you hope over to Bandcamp at well before then to pre-order. Early purchases will get you an immediate download of the highly recommended ‘Undo’.


July 3: Columbus, OH w/Daniel Myer (Architech / Haujobb)
July 4:  Cleveland, OH  – CXB7 Radio Fest w/Daniel Myer
July 6: Detroit, MI – UNDEAD SUMMER FEST at The Phantasy Concert Club & Chamber
July 8: Chicago, IL – Underground Lounge
July: 9: Minneapolis, MN – Kitty Cat Klub
July 10: Kansas City, MO – TBD
July 11: San Antonio – TBD
July 12: Austin, TX – Nite School Cheer Up Charlie’s
July 13: Houston, TX – TBD
July 14: New Orleans, LA – TBD
July 15: Atlanta, GA – TBD
July 16: North Carolina – TBD
July 17: Richmond, Virginia – Strange Matter
July 18: New York City – Nothing Changes Home Sweet Home
July 19: New York City – TBD
July 20: Philadelphia – TBD
July 21: Boston, MA – TBD
July 22: Pittsburgh, PA – TBD
July 23: Louisville, KT – TBD
July 24: Cincinatti, OH – TBD

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