By Margaret Adams
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Pop singer-songwriter Aiela Angela’s new song “Dance With the Devil” illustrates her forte for making true pop music. Being a rising artist in a crowded pop scene, Aiela Angela’s influences come from very distinct modern pop icons like Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna.
Angela has released “Dance with the Devil Versions,” which includes four tracks. The song is a dreamy club song recounting a villain origin story – the ideas of infidelity are coming from the perspective of someone cheating on their lover with another person.
The original version of “Dance with the Devil” is filled with the melodic synth sounds and heartbreaking lyrics. The song is reminiscent of American club music, while having clear influences from pop icons. “Dance with the Devil – Piano Version” is the first song on “Dance with the Devil Versions,” and it provides the listeners with an amazing sense of a slow, soft ballad.
“Dance with the Devil – Acoustic” is a bit more jumpy and an exciting, stripped back version of the original song; the repeating snaps and guitar strumming give the beat a little more life. “Dance with the Devil – Songwriting Recording” is the club tune, centered on the melody, rather than the lyrics.
Fans of Sia, Halsey, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, and other emotion-evoking pop writers should listen to Aiela Angela. Angela’s music has been featured on DWJE Radyo Pangasinan, EJazz Radio, and more.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.