[New York, NY – March 11, 2022] Mariah the Scientist holds fans over with The Intermission, an EP of gems held in the vault until now. Out today via RCA Records, the four-track project is inspired by comedy within art, more specifically taking elements of broadcast television and combining it with music in a humorous way. “I thought it would be a good way to entertain myself and others during ‘the intermissions’ between my projects,” Mariah said. “This project is really important for me, because it’s really all about my fans. I’ve kept some of this music from them for so long and it’s been overdue for me to share this art. Also, I wanted to showcase more of my personality.” The focus track, “Church,” is one of the earliest songs written by Mariah and it was inspired by a new love that had felt out of this world —godly. “I felt like it would be a good time to put ‘Church’ out, because I think I’ve fallen in love again and it feels even better than it did before,” Mariah shared.
Listen to The Intermission here.
Born and raised in Atlanta on a steady diet of R&B, Mariah the Scientist arrived on the music scene in 2018 with her indelible project To Die For, showcasing her take on the genre that’s sonically shaped her. It was a defining moment for the artist, who had quit studying biology at St. John’s University in Queens, New York to become an anesthesiologist. The metamorphosis from science student to star artist for the 24-year-old came naturally. Self-sufficient in her creative process, Mariah’s honest songwriting and unique conceptual visuals have set her as a fearless and unapologetic voice in R&B. Her 2019 major label debut Master was a wry and profoundly personal collection of self-reflective ballads layered with sparse, cinematic instrumentals. With over 31 million streams worldwide and counting, Master set the stage for RY RY WORLD. Two years in between each release, the connecting projects depict how Mariah saw things then versus now and how she has evolved. A departure from the melancholic songwriting that propelled her, RY RY WORLD displays Mariah’s hitmaking sensibilities and her tendency to defy expectations. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was #1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound, and it became a significant, critically acclaimed release of 2021. “R&B has never seen a femme fatale quite like Mariah the Scientist” Vice praised, while NPR named the project as one of the Best R&B Albums Of The Year. Pitchfork, who named “2 You” as one of the 100 Best Songs Of 2021, said that “Mariah is one of modern R&B’s realest talkers, as well as one of its most vivid storytellers.” Its success led to a string of sold out shows in Atlanta, New York and LA, and performances at the biggest festivals, including Made In America, Day N Vegas, Pitchfork Festival and Rolling Loud. Mariah even performed at halftime for the WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Championship and most recently, on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out. This year, she will be at Coachella, Primavera Sound, Mo Pop Festival, with more festivals to be announced soon.
Stay tuned for more from Mariah the Scientist.
The Intermission — Track-list