Arya is the professional name of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist producer Arya Shapouri. He is a classically trained violinist and jazz pianist, currently studying music at the University of California in Los Angeles. Recently, he decided to apply his sizable talents to the art of Indie Pop. To that end, he has released his first widely distributed song as a solo artist.
“N95” is the debut single from Arya, released to all major streaming services on December 30, 2020. The track is a groovy bit of Lo-fi Pop. The verse is centered around a simple and bouncy guitar chord progression and a funky downtempo Hip-hop beat. The singer delivers an infectiously catchy Pop melody in a smooth vocal with a fun tone. Lyrically he calls out an acquaintance for being phony while cleverly tying the narrative to the bizarre masked reality of 2020.
Although the bulk of the track is decidedly simple, sing-along Alt-Pop, the master musician flexes his chops a bit at the midpoint of the song. A cool descending run introduces a musically sophisticated Jazz break in the bridge. It’s a nice touch, as are the layers of swirling vocal harmonies, trumpet riffs and piano fills that pepper the periphery of the mix.
Shapouri wrote, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered every note on “N95.” Listen to the song, above. You can also hear the track on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Click the links below to connect with Arya. Get on his socials and get in the loop. Follow him as he embarks on this new musical journey.