The electropop and pop-rock artist, Ariel Aribisser, is returning to the industry with a loud bang.
After taking a mental health break after her debut solo album release in 2018 and the onslaught of the pandemic, Ariel’s triumphant return comes with her new electropop single “Bloodshed.” With a strong Kelly Clarkson meets Alice Russell with some hints of Brandi Carlisle in her vocals, “Bloodshed” takes on the duality within us, the “good” and the “bad.” We often try to distance ourselves from one part and fully become the other, but Ariel is here to say that you can’t have one without the other. She hopes that we embrace our own duality in order to truly live like our truest selves.
The backstory of “Bloodshed” is somewhat dark and delightfully twisted. For the first time in her career, Ariel tracked all of her vocals – riffs, runs and all – in her home and bedroom in gorgeous Ithaca, NY. Her co-writer Harry Nichols did his instrumentals from an elementary school classroom in his double-life as a teacher. “After lyrics were done and a demo was done, we noticed another duality,” shares Ariel. “The electro-pop jam definitely had threads of Christian themes … blood, ‘pray the devil when I die my soul to take’ and the fight over souls. What’s left open is who is the song in the perspective of? Is it being told by a warrior queen? Is it being told to or by a sinner? Or is it more about seduction?”
Ariel’s diverse interests in childhood led her to explore everything from karate to fashion design, to horseback, musical instruments, and more. Over time, she honed in on journalism, theater, and, of course, vocal performance. Over time, Ariel had the opportunity to perform Off-Broadway and in film (The Art of Adjustment, Chanticleer) as well as writing, producing, acting, and singing in the original web series ‘Sex, Drugs, and A Cappella.’ Ariel took center stage in a wide array of musicals (Candide, Rent, Songs for a New World, Little Women, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and more) and straight plays (Museum, The Maids).
“I’ve never been someone who needed a romantic relationship. I always took pride in my independence and still do. But I realized I spent a lot of time protecting myself from potential heartache instead of exploring what could be wonderful.”
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