If Bjork and Evanescence had a threesome with David Bowie, Aradia very well could have been the result of their one night stand. Of course, PJ Harvey conceivably could have been her babysitter, rearing her to what we presently have before us: a very unique, dark and electro-pop hybrid of a singer. With cutting lyrics and sparse arrangements that rely on her voice and sheer conviction, Aradia sings between the dark and light elements, with vocals that build a complex gray area that leaves the listener questioning what they’ve just heard.
On ‘M-Class‘, Aradia, backed by a chorus of hymns, sings about things gone astray and the repercussions of our actions. The track ‘Magic‘ dares to voyage into new age electro, utilizing several instruments and audio effects with effectiveness. And in ‘So Long’, Aradia closes out her CD with intense introspection, relying on her lyrics more so than the music, keeping it only as a mild undercurrent to the message she is trying to convey. How Aradia came to this point in her musical journey is also just as divergent as her sound.
Classically trained since the age of eight, Aradia began performing at ten, learning to play various instruments, including the piano, flute, synthesizer and the guitar in her teens. As a singer, she has paid her dues fronting several rock and electronica acts. Just as her music has merged and married genres, so her sound has expanded and incorporated elements of all she has come across and experienced.
Possibilities: Dark is an ambitious new project from a daring singer unafraid to push the boundaries of traditional musical genres and bend them at will for her motives. The Seattle based singer-songwriter is responsible much of the instrumentation on the entire album. Melding sounds reminiscent of Goldfrapp and Natalie Merchant, this album sets the trajectory towards a career that will be anything but conventional and mundane.