Mima Good is an experimental pop artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Manhattan, playing in different bands from a young age until eventually beginning her solo project. She is a classically trained vocalist with years of experience in jazz, pop, and rock technique. She has always been a composer and multi-instrumentalist, picking up guitar, piano and bass, but she really began to define her sound when she learned how to produce her own music. She converted her closet into a vocal booth and has been working on her debut album for the past year. Hydra is a genre-bending collection of songs about youthful woes from a troubled world.
The title track of the album, Hydra, is a bass-heavy battle cry for strength and freedom. The pounding, distorted kick and swinging organ transport the listener somewhere between an underground darkwave club in Berlin and a slow cabaret night on the Lower East Side. It is a track of building anticipation, beginning with a whispered growl and ending with a multi-voiced screaming catharsis.
The Hydra is a giant 9-headed serpent that Hercules has to fight in Greek mythology. When he cuts off one head, two more grow in its place. For Mima, this serves as a metaphor for the constant personal and collective battle against systems of oppression. “When I released the Good Girl EP, I felt relieved that I had conquered my greatest personal trauma. Yet, I found that once I eliminated that monster, I found others lurking beneath the surface. I wanted so badly to feel free from the grips of my abuser, the patriarchy, trauma, but I realized how much my fear is tied to the collective. No one is free until everyone is free.”