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Nai’a Willing to Give It All Up with ‘Rio’

By Margaret Adams

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Stark visuals and modern pop influences characterize Nai’a in his new music video for “Rio.” The single was released on November 20, along with the accompanying music video. 

Nai’a takes heavy inspiration from Lana Del Rey; within the music video and orchestral arrangements, reminiscence of the indie pop star is evident. 

The song is a deviation from Nai’a’s last few songs. The opera-inspired vocals and sultry, smooth production produces a significantly different effect than “Death by Shock,” a single that utilizes more dance-electronic sounds similar to artists like SOPHIE or Charli XCX. 

“’Rio’ is a modern creation inspired by orchestral arrangements, classic sultry vocals, and death-bound homosexual lovers,” Nai’a said. 

Recently, Nai’a released an orchestral version of the song, which he notes “reimagines the beauty of the original ‘Rio,’ taking it to new heights with the help of a symphony orchestra.” He adds that the story of love and loss at the core of the song “is simply about asking the love of your life to give everything up, for you.”

Written, produced, edited, and directed by Nai’a, the music video features Nai’a around his estate in gorgeous dresses and veils, lamenting over his man. 

“The film for ‘Rio’ is a love letter to my estate. The estate’s beauty and classic design was perfect for Rio, and it was my only option. Nowhere else would have been as exquisite,” Nai’a said. 

Fans of Lana Del Rey, Sky Ferreira, and Charli XCX would enjoy Nai’a and his new song, “Rio.” 

This track has been added to our Alchemical Weekly YouTube Playlist

Margaret Adams, Contributing Writer at Alchemical Records

Margaret Adams

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.

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