Employing a dizzying sugar rush of elements…pop, indie, jazz, EDM…Alya is fully in ascendance. Her ambitious new song, “Half of the Sun”, exemplifies this. A self described “happy song” about being ok with who you are at the present moment, the track blends surf rock guitar with an array of percussion including Japanese taiko drums.  The background singers are Japanese as well, and the Russian’s bio points out that she’s spent some time in Japan. She claims the track was conceived 9 years ago but decided to bring it back out for another trot around the track with better production, eventually becoming the first single out from her upcoming  and sung in both English and Japanese. Intricate love of the craft is evident in the song’s DNA, which makes sense since Alya never wavered in her desire to become a musician which developed at a young age. She spent some time in college and as a journalist before hitching her wagon to LA and quickly gaining traction with her grab bag of fully-realized sounds and her clear voice floating above the cacophony. It’s evident that she’s influenced by the surfy vibe soundtracking early Quentin Tarrantino films and Quentin should definitely take notice since here since her music embodies everything he’s always looked for in a backing track.

Another single, “Animals”, was released earlier this year and is garnering praise. The sound blends the wackiness of Bjork with the ever-morphing dark inertia stylings of Massive Attack. “I look at you / You look back / Because you see nothing of yourself” she wails against crisp strings. It’s another intriguing track from this eclectic, rule-breaking artist.

Oh, and did I mention she’s also a visual and performance artist, a classically trained ballet dancer, and a multilinquist?

Alya makes us all seem lazy.


Tina Romano