With nine songs, Stay On Your Mind, the new release from Swedish electro-pop artist Miynt, could well be considered a full-length album. But Miynt is calling it an EP — mostly to give herself room to grow.
“I decided to call it an EP because I have a bigger vision for my debut album when it comes to videos, art, photos, time,” Miynt tells Billboard. “On this release I did basically everything myself, from sound engineering to editing videos, and brought in some friends to play drums and take photos. I love creating worlds and I look forward to being able to fulfill some of my ideas on the next release. Let’s call this release ‘recordings by Miynt,’ because at the end of the day that is what it is.”
Due out Aug. 2, Stay On Your Mind is, however, something different than Miynt’s 2016 EP.
Feeling “kind of free,” creatively, she set up shop in Stockholm — mostly in her own facility located next to the city’s courthouse — with a handful of trusted musician friends. “I didn’t think too much,” Miynt explains. “I guess my intent was to have no intent, in a way. I knew I wanted to go away from the electronic sound and produce music more as I did when I started. I just didn’t want to force anything. I tried to record everything analog. I also did most things myself so I felt more in charge and it is musically very close to me now in a way — that sort of closeness that just can happen when you bounce out every track for mix yourself. I like that it is a bit messier than previous releases as well.”
Lyrically, Miynt says she was drawing from “post breakup” emotions, as well as her own studies of psychology at Stockholm University. “The weirdness of existence is a big inspiration for this album,” she says. “The song ‘Stay On Your Mind’ plays with the idea that we can’t ever know or decide who’s mind we live in; You might play a huge part in someone else’s mind, but that doesn’t have anything to do with you — or does it? I don’t know, but I found it interesting enough to make a song about it.” When she recorded the title track, in fact, Miynt only had lyrics written for the first verse and improvised the rest, keeping the first take for the finished EP. “That’s why the words sound so weird in the second verse,” she notes. “But I really liked the vibe and just felt like it was a keeper.”
Miynt is currently looking at “playing a lot more gigs” and maybe even touring in support of Stay On Your Mind. But she’s also anxious to get back in the studio and move her music forward in the manner she envisions. “I love creating worlds and I look forward to be able to fulfill some of my ideas on the next release,” she says. “I have a lot of new demos and my dream is to be able to lock myself in the studio for some time with the greatest musicians I know and make some proper recordings — and then maybe David Lynch could collaborate on a music video or two, if he wants. Joke aside, I just want to be able to move forward with this project and give it my full potential.”