REVIEW: Aria Lanelle – ‘ULTRAGIRL’ EP

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“Crazy” kicks the ULTRAGIRL EP off with an 80s/90’s synth/electronica vibe meshing with the overall tone of “Crazy In Love,” ala Beyonce`. The track is high energy showcasing impressive vocals from Aria Lanelle, who allows each note to soar out of her. This is definitely a song that will bring many late 80’s/early 90’s lovers back in time. It has such a throwback tone to it, I can almost see the “gritty” cityscape for the music video, with smoke and blue lighting, as well as crazy geometric patterns and bold neons.

“Back In” doesn’t back down from that nostalgic style, with Lanelle posing the question, “Does love only come once in a lifetime?” Personally, I’m surprised by the soul and vulnerability present, especially if I were just to hear the instrumental. Based on the lyrics, I’d imagine rich melodics and grand instrumentals. However, perhaps it’s the contrast between to the two that allow the opening for Lanelle to slip in her breathy raps and create a sound all her own. She certainly drives out expectations, and delivers a memorable experience in a small amount of time, creating a diva-like persona that pops on songs like, “All.”

Considering Lanelle has done everything by herself (written, arranged, produced, and recorded), ULTRAGIRL is excellently pieced together. With tracks like “They Don’t Know,” which sounds as though a multitude of people have worked on it, Lanelle sets a standard for independently released EPs.

“Got It Bad” was just released as a single, and the 90’s vibes are shocking. It’s got the soulful heartbreak that was ever-present in that decade, but now accomplished by a modern songstress’s vocals. The more i hear this song, the more I want to play it again and again. It really caps the EP off beautifully, and makes it a very impressive release.

ULTRAGIRL EP will be released on April 10th via iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.

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