The music video for Yearning‘s lead single “Keep” was co-produced and co-directed with Adam Saewitz who also edited the film. Performers Anthony Rosado and Thomas Beauford feature as dancers. The video is about lost love in multiple senses: the intimacy between partners, but also, the unexpected loss of a loved one through extrajudicial violence. The song “Keep” and its video juxtaposes these two senses of loss, ending with a powerful conversation sampled from James Baldwin’s and Nikki Giovanni’s riveting 1971 conversation on Soul! and sound from one of many protests that Efemèr attended during the uprising for Black lives in the summer of 2020.
Efemèr is the musical alter-ego of Haitian-American historian of public health, experimental artist, and singer-songwriter George Aumoithe, Ph.D. Efemèr (“ephemeral” in Kreyol) is a parallel project that confronts deep and persistent contradictions that undergird the unequal treatment of all human beings.
The September 7, 2020 announcement of the debut EP Yearning, released by the independent record label Makeshifting Music, comes amidst a year of global and national tumult. The possibilities for Yearning were first conceived in January 2017 after a serendipitous encounter with three producers in Hong Kong. Upon returning stateside, Aumoithe constructed a home studio in Brooklyn, NY and began developing songs in March 2017.
The debut EP marks the formal beginning of Efemèr’s discography. Featuring novel electronic production by the composer Louis Weeks, additional production by Brain Tan, and exquisite additional vocals by Afua Darko and Justin Alexandre, the debut EP explores themes of doubt, intimacy, misconnection, desire, longing, and nostalgia in a world plagued by pandemic, socio-political tumult, and extrajudicial violence. The sweeping six-song EP marks the powerful arrival of a queer, Caribbean-American artist caught both between past and future, peace and presence.