Brooklyn native singer-songwriter Aris has just released the deluxe edition of Twilight Revival, an album that blends alternative rock, electronic & pop genres. From the thumping opener “Twilight” to the campfire-folk closing track “Revival” to the diverse bonus tracks included on the digital release, Aris’ self-produced album is rooted in dynamic instrumentation, and exploration of vocal styles.
Drawn to poetry, Aris gravitated towards emotional music by singer-songwriters who bared their souls through musical expression such as Paula Cole and Chris Cornell, whose confessional works continue to influence him. Recently he performed a duet with Grammy winner Paula Cole to a packed house and standing ovation.
From as early as age three, the Brooklyn native can remember being influenced by the city’s melting pot of musical sounds, and as the son of an Irish belly-dancing mother and a Greek immigrant father his musical worldview was influenced by the diversity shared by his family and hometown.Newfound perspectives gained through life changing events experienced during the death of his mother during Hurricane Sandy can be found within this refined collection of songs. The album’s tracks have been honed to reflect both a journey of inner transformation and healing as well as exposing the cracks in the government and institutional response to the disaster. This is a life-altering period Aris hopes to further explore and illuminate in a documentary that would use the story of his mother as a lens to tell a larger story about the failure of local and national systems to manage emergency disaster relief.
Despite the tragedy of this story, the process has left Aris with a very optimistic outlook. “I write from a highly personal place so my albums are usually soundtracks to what’s going on in my life. For Twilight Revival, I was feeling both shattered and uplifted spiritually and wanted to express that particularly intimate dichotomy musically and explore the universality of those themes. I set out with the intention to try to bring these disparate energies into the lyrics and arrangements, to give the listener something that could inspire resilience and strength.”
Twilight Revival was released on Friday September 6th and a limited edition digipack with a 12-page lyric book will be available for purchase through his official website.
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