Another day, another discovery of a talented artist hailing from Berklee College of Music. This discovery, “WESTWORLD”, comes courtesy of Brooklyn-based electronic vocalist EVAN GIIA.
The song immediately reminds me of Martin Jensen’s “Solo Dance“, which is a fairly hefty comparison – the song has racked up 405 million streams on Spotify alone. GIIA, who is a classically trained Opera singer via Berklee College, brings her smooth voice that’s able to fill a whole room, which mixes perfectly with the electronic beat to create verses that seem almost anthemic. You’d think EVAN GIIA has been singing pop and electronic her whole life – she has the voice of a tenured pro. “WESTWORLD’s” heavy, infectious chorus is characterized by a fluming bass synth, accompanied by lightweight steel drums that top off the chorus with some treble. The song is infinitely catchy and drives the song along to a beat that will get you ready to scoot across a dance floor.
The music video, directed by Kody Kurth and produced by Kate Lowell, is an equally attention-grabbing spectacle. Centered in what appears to be a desert, you’ll find EVAN GIIA surrounded by about 15 dancers who appear like they just hopped out of a Star Wars scene, complete with speeder goggles and black jumpers. Some great visual effects accentuate and add color to the shots while the dancers bust out some impressive moves.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “WESTWORLD”:
GIIA is the first female artist signed to ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective label and will be performing with fellow FFC team member Kasbo at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn on Thursday, April 19. You can buy tickets here.