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03 July 2013

AYRIA: The Dark Side of Pop!


Ayria is a Canadian futurepop/synthpop musical project formed in early 2003 by Toronto's Jennifer Parkin following her departure from the influential futurepop and EBM band Epsilon Minus. The lighter, ethereal side of gothic, her work shows a collage of smooth textures and soft vocals over collisions of bass and driving beats, danceable and melodic with the darker elements and themes of electro-industrial music still present.



Parkin has stated in at least one interview that the name is a play on one of her favorite words, "aria", as in the melodic operatic form of singing and composition, but pronounced "area," because music has spatial properties.She once playfully suggested in her blog that AYRIA is an acronym for "Awesome, Yeah Really, I'm Awesome," but her emphasis on carefully constructed melody with ethereal vocals does recall the derivation of her stage name from classical music.


"With a fan base ranging from underground electro, industrial, goth, dance, and pop, people have referred to Ayria as the darker version of Lady Gaga, or the industrial Madonna. Jennifer Parkin has become a bit of an icon in the underground electronic and industrial music scene since starting Ayria in 2003, with her unique writing, singing and performing style and music with an in-your-face sonic approach that combines electro, synth-pop, industrial, 80’s dance, distorted gritty beats and synths, haunting melodies contrasted with angry distorted chanting all wrapped up with pop structures and catchy hooks."



I personally really like her cover of Depeche Mode's In Your Room :


And her remix of Angelspit's Grind:



Ayria Discography:

• Plastic Makes Perfect (CD) – May 24, 2013
• Plastic And Broken (Digital EP) – Feb 14, 2013
• Hearts For Bullets (CD) – 2008
• The Gun Song (EP) – 2008
• Flicker (CD) – 2005
• My Revenge On The World (EP) – 2005
• Debris (CD) – 2003

See more at: www.ayria.com


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