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Dive into the Musical Cosmos of Arya Zappa’s New Album

By Charlie Maybee

Synth pop goddess and enigmatic art-rocker, Arya Zappa, is ready to dance with psychoanalytic prose in her new album, A Study of Dreaming Habits. With a healthy dose of glossy melodies, fizzing electronic beats, and ethereal ambience, this is an album that will have you grooving with self-reflection whether you realize it or not.

Taking a page from 70’s and 80’s new wave and post-punk acts like Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure, and Pet Shop Boys, Zappa manages an exquisite balance between thoughtful and playful as they gracefully bounce from track to track with a wandering nonchalance. As the synthesizers swell, there’s a grandiose sense of scale that feels nearly infinite in its expanse. It seeps and vibrates through you like a gentle electric current – pulling the listener between states of wanting to move to the beat while having a deep listening experience.

“I feel like I’m floating and walking on air” she sings in the first verse of “One Afternoon” encapsulating the feel that this album inspires naturally, “I feel like I’m burning the clouds away”. The ephemeral and fluid nature of clouds gives a lovely metaphor for how this album works and sounds. A constantly shape-shifting work of art that suspends you in a synthesized cosmos. The floating is, at times, so natural that you may forget there are even clouds of music holding you up, so don’t look down. Zappa wants to whisk you off into a cosmic journey, and it’s best to surrender to its natural allure.

A Study of Dreaming Habits is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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