Meet Siren, the Trans Music Collective Making Love Songs for the Future

How did you play with what a love song is or sounds like, especially coming from a collective of Black and brown trans folks?

RAPTURE: There was this interesting queering of romance on the project, too. Even when I think about s.e.r’s “Hudson View,” there’s this kind of like horror, psychedelic element to it. Asanni, with “Parkour,” she’s comparing something that’s very hyper-masculine to something very vulnerable and soft and feminine. And then even with me, my actual partner, SunChild, we made a love song together that’s a duet, but it’s about like, me being this mermaid who Yemaya doesn’t let come out from under the sea, and then he’s just like on the tide surfing, and I’m underneath everything, like begging to come up. And my two songs, “Venusflytrap” and “Reign Dance,” they’re self-love songs about seeing the parts of me that are shallow, parts of me that are rageful, parts of me that are darker; and really me being like, you know what, that’s all really useful, and I’m gonna love it as well. But I do think there’s a queering of the theme that we all did through our own specific channels.

WHATSGOOD!: The first thing that I thought about was vulnerability. Even as I listen to this project, there is such a vulnerability in so many of these songs. My song “Cry With Me,” that’s about how difficult it is for me to be vulnerable and cry in my adult age. But we still need to let things go, to just be freer. And Asanni’s song with Parkour is about that vulnerability of struggling with romantic love because of certain things in the past that you also have to move through in order to be a better romantic partner or even a better person with yourself, right? So I feel like this project did a really good job at exploring the different highs and lows of what love can be, whether that’s for yourself or romantically or however.