• photography Sandra Myhrberg
    fashion Jahwanna Berglund


    Mapei wears: coat Nicklas Gustavsson shades Valentino via Mister Spex

    Okazaki wears: jacket Stand Studios
    Thomas Rusiak wears: t-shirt Bareen overshirt Woolrich

    In Remarkable Feel-Good Symbiosis, an Interview With Mor

    Written by Decirée Josefsson by Sandra Myhrberg

    The year is 2020, there's ongoing isolation and thirst for something uplifting.

    Jacqueline Mapei Cummings is currently back from Thailand, planning to meet up with producers Thomas Rusiak and Fredrik Okazaki to make a new album. Three music legends, Mapei, Okazaki, and Rusiak not knowing that first session was about to be the skeleton of something much bigger than a band, a brilliant artcraft. MOR is not only a force of wisdom and hope, defined by more than the incentive to attract money. They are also a leading light of gratitude and a statement that if you genuinely love what you do and create from a space of joyfulness, external elements won't make your creativity limited. It’s soulful, abstract, and free of interpretation. A humble movement where art means conversation.

    I met the three of the members for beers one afternoon at a local bar near their studio, asked them about the background, story, and experiences being a member of MOR:

    When you first got together did you know right away that this was something special?
    F: My theory is that everything goes down to the deep understanding of one and other feelings. There is no pride. On the contrary, there’s an environment built on the fundamentals that we like to hang out and make music that we genuinely love. That in combination with respect towards each other created a space where creativity has been flowing with tremendous ease. After the first session, we decided to change the primary thought of making an album for Jackie. Instead we created a band that today stands for a family.
    T: We have been approaching music with similarities, however there have been directions one might think is straggly and incoherent. Jackie is multifaceted and has been able to manage every part of those spiky out-of-the-box ideas. Together we have been able to control and produce pure greatness. I get chills talking about what we have created, it’s been everywhere and nowhere and suddenly we’re almost done with two albums and every song has its unique touch, still the very same movement.
    J: I’ve been very inspired by the thoughts and feelings from us as individuals when it comes to lyrics and melodies. We talk a lot about day-to-day romanticism while hanging out. These reflections, feelings, and thoughts are something that I like to bring with me into the studio. That is what creates a story and context. Everything feels natural and safe. It's a soothing feeling for the demons to be able to express freely based on your emotions.

    The first material consists of 17 songs. This was the outcome of a handful of spontaneous sessions together. The first thought was to release everything all at once, suicide for the carrier one would say. It ended up in two upcoming albums. The first single, Spitfire was released earlier in October this year. Jacqueline Mapei Cummings said while describing the song “You will never experience love if you don’t welcome it” which is based on how individuals sometimes won’t let themselves be proved to love. Spitfire is one of 13 songs from their first album, set to release at the end of February.
    F: When we meet up we usually chit-chat for hours, making music for fifteen minutes. It has never been a must, which makes all of us very open-minded about the outcome. Focusing on the attitude and energy between us instead of forcing the outcome of the song.
    J: A shallow room without touchable feelings isn't a sustainable way to create. Every conversation and word between gets manifested into songs. That is genuinely what creates our content. The real world.
    T: Everything has been about now and then, with heart and ears towards finding that raw and genuine feeling of sound.
    J: We are like three different bottles of wine on the same shelf. Storing and aging individually but properly match each other mentally.  Even if we have lived separate lives our knowledge obtained,  gathered the same mental wisdom.

    What is your relationship with the music industry, in many ways controlled and designed to fit into frames?
    J: As a mutual force those frames felt good to not care about one's for all. We’re throwing us off the edge a little bit. Not caring so much if something doesn't fit into the box of a specific genre.
    F: There’s been a mutual sprinkle of fatigue towards the attitude in the industry. There’s no bad music. It’s the lack of friendliness.
    J: The side you get tired of is more or less the shift of focus from the pure love and art in making music. It’s even worse today with social media and everything being so approachable.
    T: I haven’t been working in the music industry for quite some time, and starting to notice people's behavior and reactions has been easier coming back. “Swedish jealousy”is a term. Includes backstabbing and competitiveness. There’s however almost only love and positive feedback towards the material and us as a unit. I’ve been receiving commendations from people I haven’t talked with for years.
    J: It’s important not to exclude positivity. The ones that are with us on this journey have been showing love and appreciation.
    T: I guess we’re quite bulletproof. There’s nothing to hate about this music. You don’t necessarily have to like or appreciate it. Everyone can hear the joyfulness and euphoria that the three of us have experienced while producing this music. That simplicity makes people more frustrated because there's nothing to touch.
    J: Some can give us the evil eye, then jealousy and skepticism can shine through. Even if there’s a very small percentage expressing this it feels great not to be lonely in that swarm.
    T: Maybe the situation would have been different if we were alone. Now we’re a united force.

    Would you consider there’s a message that has to be said with your music?
    J: If something needs to be said, the story we have created is like the journey of melancholic depression. There's grief and hope.
    F: It’s also worth noting the simplicity of gratefulness towards your friends, to connect and be appreciative of your relationships.
    J: Leave the rooms you’re not comfortable in. As the creator of your life, decisions should be based upon that.
    F: It’s not always easy to find your place in the entertainment industry. It’s been important to maintain the rustic environment while working with this project and to create a rather safe space for the music to be able to develop freely. Going to the studio for a session is all about the feeling. We have placed candles, flowers, and paintings in the room. Preserving the intimate and natural feeling.
    J: In many of the studios I've visited, I have felt homeless. It’s really big to have a standing point like these two guys have, with such welcoming, kindness, and professionality without any underlying intention.

    How come this is so important for you, the minimalism and familiarity?
    F: The American entertainment culture is based on the purpose of pleasantness. There's a strong similarity to entertain, no matter how commercial, indie, or whatever genre it might be. Not saying that there is something wrong with it. It simply means that every step you take doesn't need to define your inner child. At some point as an individual, the inner child of ours wants to define itself, sometimes all it wants is to create based on feeling.
    J: It goes back to the realness of doing what you love. Tired of constantly touching the surface, when it’s easy to be real.
    T: Not saying that this constellation is the best or the most unique. However, this colorful collaboration has been a fun new artistic way of approaching musical writing and producing.

    Max Jenny said in an interview with Odalisque “Life is like a theater but instead of people playing a part, they’re really just being themselves. So, I don’t need a lot of fuel, life is inspiring as it is.” The three old friends have gathered unique experiences, wisdom creating a story that has become a movement in remarkable feel-good symbiosis. That group is called MOR.

    Mapei wears: coat Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini via Zalando
    dress Pretty Little Things socks Happy Socks
    Okazaki wears: sweater COS trousers Samsøe Samsøe
    Thomas Rusiak wears:  shirt Timberland
    Mapei wears: coat Nicklas Gustavsson shades Valentino via Mister Spex
    Okazaki wears: jacket Stand Studios trousers Calvin Klein
    Thomas Rusiak wears: t-shirt Bareen overshirt Woolrich denim Dr Denim

    vest Ganni

    knitted dress 2nd day

    Mapei wears: coat Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini via Zalando
    dress Pretty Little Things socks Happy Socks

    Okazaki wears: sweater COS trousers Samsøe Samsøe
    Thomas Rusiak wears:  shirt Timberland denim Levis

    photography Sandra Myhrberg

    article Decirée Josefsson
    fashion Jahwanna Berglund
    hair Khaddy Gassama / Swedish Hair Mafia
    makeup Sandy Alhali
    special thanks to Hotel Kung Carl
    MOR - Mapei, Okazaki and Thomas Rusiak


    shirt COS
    jacket Stand

  • photography Agnes Strand
    fashion Ken Mogekwu
    top Christiana Hadjipapa
    trousers Naomi Tarazi

    An interview with Delphi

    Written by Khaddy Gassama by Sandra Myhrberg

    With her positive state of mind, Delphi has a way of making the best out of every situation. And she’s putting her heart into everything she does, ranging from ice cold baths, passion for music, to the environment.

    Tell us about yourself.

    I’m Delphi, born in Sweden with Gambian/Trinidadian/austrian heritage. I Sing, write music, perform and do some producing. I have 2 street cats from Gambia, a loving family, and a passion for music out of this world! Super Grateful for all of it.

    What does a regular day look like for you?
    Right now I’m taking every opportunity to be in the studio with other people writing songs and being creative. I recently completed a small tour so December consisted of traveling, rehearsing, soundchecks, eating fast food, stressing out, meetings, having fun, and performing. Intense! In the days in between, I found comfort and recovery spending time with my love, swimming in the ice cold ocean (Wim Hof method), cooking nice food, hanging out with my cats, those kinds of things…
    On the days when I’m not working at the factory, I like to make music. Working on 4 songs atm, and I have more coming!

    How did you get into the profession that you are active in today?
    As a kid, I never felt more in my element than on stage. When I acted, danced, and sang, I was myself. Being very bullied growing up, performing gave me the rare opportunity of recognition because I was good at it. This was extremely motivating. Also, I idolized successful people that looked like me, who I could somehow relate to, like Beyonce and Rihanna. Makes a lot of sense now, considering how few “me’s'' were represented in media, books, etc. growing up. 
    It all started with a dream. And though it has not always been easy and I’ve doubted my abilities and whether or not I can succeed with this, I have always found my way back to the path. I’m good at what I do, therefore things I do always lead to something new!

    What advice would you give to someone that would like to get into the career you are in?
    I find people can be afraid to commit because of a fear of failing. Many have a fantasy of a perfect start, skyrocketing numbers of plays, instant recognition, etc. Being an artist is a constant commitment and rarely is there a “right time” or a “perfect hit song”. Even if you have an amazing smash song, chances are not that many people will hear it, especially if you're independent. Artistry is hard work, and we all have to start somewhere. The consistent ones will remain in the end, those who are willing to give their all and who love the process as much as the idea of the possible outcome.
    Have fun! It’s all about networking, and If you're good at what you do, opportunities will arise, rumors will spread and you will have some sort of a career, even if you're not the next internet sensation :)

    Tell us about the photoshoot for Odalisque.
    I had the honor of working with Khaddy “Swedish Hair Mafia” who organized this shoot with Agnes Strand (photographer), Ken (stylist), and Thereza (makeup). I have done some modeling before, but this was something different. Every artist had a focus area, a job, and wanted perfection and I was the canvas. It was a thrilling and fun experience. Nice to be able to wear such cool designs too.

    Who do you look up to and why?
    The list is long, I look up to many people. My mother is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. She has the ability to turn difficult challenges into opportunities. I think that's an incredible superpower, to have that kind of strong mentality and be able to choose how you react and respond to things happening in your life.
    I look up to people who find solutions, people who want to inspire others, and who take responsibility. People who strive to do their best regardless if they’re working against the stream. That’s inspirational.

    Describe yourself.
    I’m Brave, I’m strong and I rarely avoid a challenge. When I love, I love passionately and with my whole heart. I am not afraid to make a fool out of myself, constantly growing, evolving, exploring.

    Which is your favorite song by you?
    Of the songs that I have released so far, I was probably vibing most with PHRESH during the time of producing it. But to be honest, the stuff I’m working on right now has been on repeat a lot more… so I’m very much looking forward to sharing these next upcoming singles.

    Where do you pick/get most of your inspiration from?
    I’m inspired by LOVE, Heartbreak, relationships, angels, and demons. Almost everything I write is about things I have experienced, either by hearing others' stories or by going through it myself. I try to empathize with people, even those who do me wrong. By writing about it, through my perspective, or trying to understand theirs, I deal with it. I work through it, I get a better understanding and can eliminate hate or bitterness. So music is like therapy in a way.
    I like to have contrasts in music. A heavy message with an uplifting beat, like bringing up abuse in a way that makes you dance and also reflect, I find effective… One of the songs I made the other day for example is about a worst case apocalyptic scenario where we have destroyed the planet beyond repair. I ask for forgiveness in my lyrics though I know It’s too late for apologies.

    How do you stay motivated this time of year when days are short?
    Physical movement and musical journeys. There is nothing more depressing than sitting inside for any length of time watching series in the dark… I have a deeply rooted need for movement, both in terms of exercising and change of scenery. I love biking, taking cold swims (such a kick), trying out different restaurants/cafés, and also working up a sweat. I have a physically very demanding job, working in a big fridge, lifting tons of milk and juice.
    There are many reasons to avoid air travel right now: Covid, environmental reasons et.c. However, music enables you to time travel AND takes you places. I dream of hotter, sunnier, humid places, and some nice reggae, afrobeat, calypso, for example, can take me there!

    End of last year you had your first release party. Tell us about that.
    I collaborated with a group of music business students. They needed someone to promote in their finals and I was their chosen guinea pig. The promotion of the song wasn’t very successful, however thanks to Cassandra and Ami I had my very first release party. With the assistance of my go-to piano player Chris Sandberg, I performed three songs in a backyard in Stockholm, very intimate, very nice. More people than I hoped for showed up, it was pretty cold. It was just amazing.

    You performed at the Extinction Rebellion Climate Event. What is climate awareness to you and how do you see that you can contribute?
    Climate change should be made TOP priority, but is not. People are treating it like a thing you can choose to believe in or not. I think that the recent movie “Don’t look up” made some strong points, using a comet coming at top speed towards earth as a symbol for climate change.
    We can choose to act as if everything is normal and that we are not in danger but by the time we’re ready for change, it might be too late. It’s easy to feel helpless and unable to make a change as a single person in this big world, but we can all contribute to change. My way is through showing support for people who are actually prepared to do something, like the Extinction rebellion, even if it's radical, because this is a radical situation that needs immediate attention! I will write about it in my music, try to support good ideas, brands and inventions and spread awareness, however I can.

    What are your plans for this spring and 2022?
    My plan is to release a new single early this spring. I have upcoming collaborations with artists in LA, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Gothenburg. I'm also doing a live show that will be uploaded on Youtube, by Selam Sessions. I have some Live gigs planned as well but with the current situation with restrictions, you never know. So I am focusing on creating murda music, and planning a smart and effective marketing strategy for the songs.

    coat DAY Birger et Mikkelsen
    dress House of Dagmar
    gloves & shoes Humana Secondhand
    ring Bedazzled Jewelry
    coat DAY Birger et Mikkelsen
    dress House of Dagmar
    gloves & shoes Humana Secondhand
    ring Bedazzled Jewelry
    top Christiana Hadjipapa
    trousers Naomi Tarazi
    jacket Göran Sundberg
    dress Charlotte Backaryd
    shoes Vagabond
    jacket Göran Sundberg
    skirt Humana Secondhand
    shoes Vagabond Shoemakers

    photography Agnes Strand
    fashion Ken Mogekwu
    makeup Tereza Luyirika

    hair Khaddy Gassama / Swedish Hair Mafia

    post production Sabina Hannila
    top YAS
    skirt RitaRoslin

  • photography Agnes Strand
    fashion Jahwanna Berglund
    all clothing Filippa Fuxe
    all jewellery All Blues

    An Interview with Filippa Fuxe

    Written by Valeria Bartocci by Fashion Tales

    After studying at Central Saint Martins, award-winning designer Filippa Fuxe is on her second year of a Bachelor’s degree at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm.
    Growing up in a family with many scientists and psychologists Fuxe often strives to find new methods and techniques in her design. With similarities to a research project, she often starts with a hypothesis that is tested during the process.
    Odalisque visited Fuxe’s summer house in southern Sweden to shoot her garments on her favorite hidden spots along the coast such as Hovs Hallar, the iconic location where Ingrid Bergman’s The Seventh Seal was filmed.

    Tell us about your latest collection.
    This fall I created a capsule collection that is based on the idea of two innovative powers, one being my great grandmother Karin Ek, a pioneering poet and author, and the other one the innovative material Circulose®, a biodegradable raw material that recycles clothes in a new way. I see this, not only as an interesting meeting between two innovative sources but also between the past, present, and future.
    I started off investigating the life of my great grandmother Karin Ek (1885-1926), who was a poet and author in the early 20th century in Stockholm. The garments are created based on Karin’s poetry which includes themes such as melancholy, death, love, and the philosophy that nothing exists except the stormy movements of one’s own heart. Another important theme from Karin’s poetry is her for the time period original and bold expressions about women's sexuality. I was also inspired by the fact that the timing of my collection aligns with the 100-year celebration of women’s right to vote in Sweden.
    In the collection, I have used raw materials provided by Renewcell in the form of cotton threads discarded as waste, recycled Circulose® pulp, and recycled viscose fibers. Different techniques such as wet molding, screen printing, knitting, and draping silhouettes were used to create three different looks.

    You won a Danish international design competition this spring, what did you present?
    Earlier this year I was happy to win an international design prize created by the Danish company Selfmade, where I presented a design idea with a garment that can vary and shift identity and shape through different detachable parts. These parts can be replaced with other versions, for example changing the shape of the sleeve or varying different color combinations. I wanted to let the consumer become their own designer and use their creativity. The pattern will be available in stores in Scandinavia and parts of Europe in spring 2022.

    Who is your muse?
    A 60’s Nikki De Saint Phalle and Mick Jagger.

    How would you describe your style?
    Progressive, sensual, and cinematic where every garment is their unique character who all exist in the same visual world.

    Someone you’ve always wanted to dress?
    Definitely Margaret Qualley. Or FKA Twigs.

    Where do you see yourself in the future?
    Developing my design further and working more with influences from music, art, and theatre.

    photography Agnes Strand
    fashion Jahwanna Berglund
    model Filippa Fuxe