Review by Brandon Watts & Staff
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ariee began singing in her church at the age of 8. As her passion for music grew, she developed her voice and expanded her vocal range by backing other accomplished musicians. She set fire to the stage performing as a background singer for Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Mystikal, Glen David Andrews, & Kermit Ruffins. Broadening her reach, Ariee set out to establish her solo career. She has performed at various venues and festivals including, Essence Music Festival, Lincoln Center, Voodoo Music Festival, and the High School Nation tour. Her EPs 8 & 8 the Sequel showcased her magnetic talent. She is featured on a song with rapper Lil Wayne titled “Till She Lose Her Voice.” Ariee recently acquired a distribution deal with Ingrooves/Universal Music Group.
“Fiya” is a new track from rising talent Ariee that delivers feel-good vibes in a catchy radio-ready package. The song kicks off with a brief intro with spaced, block chords followed up with the energetic shouting of a hype-man, which is chopped up percussively, accompanying crisp, legato vocalizes from Ariee.
After the brief intro, electronic drums drop in with the bass line setting the groove while an array of glossy synths make the soundscape.
Ariee’s sugary-sultry vocals take the spotlight as she tells a story about falling for someone through infectious rhythmic vocals with bright harmonies that make for a top-40 sound.
As the song progresses, Ariee keeps listeners engaged with slight stylistic changes in her vocal melodies throughout the verses while maintaining the general vibe. After the final chorus, the song smoothly transitions to a glitchy breakdown and Ariee’s vocals get pitched down for a sweet effect to end the song.
Through each section of the song, “Fiya” brings the heat making a song you’ll come back to time and time again.
For more information on Ariee, please visit her website.
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