If you could recreate a time before you experienced the most extreme grief of your life, would you do it? Rituals of Mine’s Terra Lopez did just that. With her latest album HYPE NOSTALGIA Lopez wanted to create a soundscape from a pre-loss perspective, revealing how the darkness she experienced was just microcosms of her being. HYPE NOSTALGIA reckons with the emotional rollercoaster Lopez has been riding and reimagines it. In 2015, Lopez lost her father to suicide and six months later her best friend passed away. Sure, there are heavy elements to the record: dark synths, future R&B undertones, propulsive bass and moody lyrics, but the softness of Lopez’s vocals elicits a quiet confidence. As HYPE NOSTALGIA reflects on Lopez’s own journey in reconciling with the darkest parts of herself and her life, she wants it to be something that can help listeners with their own mental health.