Track Of The Day 10/6 – Arya Zappa

'Now Or Always'

Berlin based Arya Zappa found her identity in amongst the city's electronic citadels.

Born in Iran, she immersed herself in Berlin's techno labyrinths, founding the influential Konsequent Records imprint back in 1997.

Developing her own aesthetic, it wasn't until she finally accepted her distinctive voice that Arya Zappa as a project was born.

Deep, dark, melodramatic pop of an electronic bent, touchstones could include The Knife, but in truth Arya works in a lane of her own.

New album 'Dark Windows' is incoming, with the lyrics dipping into her dream diary, "dealing with my ongoing metamorphosis and important life events, involving death, heartbreak, recovery and a new start…"

"Some chapters of the diary deal with my life long struggle concerning my voice, which is symbolized in my eponymous short film, through the hair inserted in my throat. My childhood as a little girl with the voice of a whiskey gargling drag queen was a very special experience."

New song 'Now Or Always' through Clash, a magnificently brooding number prompted by the work of Philip Larkin.

She explains: "This song was inspired by the beautiful eponymous poem by the great Philip Larkin, Is It For Now Or Always. The video shoot was a spontaneous idea based on another lucid dream I had recently."

Dive into her dream world below.

'Dark Windows' will be released later this year.

Photo Credit: Holger Rogge

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