We love finding great new music from all over the world, so the discovery of Ukrainian rock solo artist Amaria has gotten us really excited. The Kiev-based singer has honed a gothic-tinged pop-rock sound that she describes to us as “unframed, powerful and melodic.”
Having formed a band with a guitarist some years ago, Amaria is now working on her own material while collaborating with other Ukrainian musicians.
On her musical background, Amaria tells us: “From childhood, I was a very creative person, my father used to play the guitar so I couldn’t grow up without music. I was always tempted to have a band and be on the stage and only at university I finally decided to make a big step and setup a band. Back in 2011, I met a guitarist Ilya Kaplunenko with whom we created a band called In.Vade.
“We wrote a full album together, made few music videos and was performing live until there was a moment of our crossroads. So in 2018 I started a music project on my own, called Amaria. So that’s what you hear now! My song Time was complete freedom music-wise, I was creating it myself. But working on the future album I will collaborate with musicians.”
Her most recent release Time gives us a good taste of what to expect from Amaria’s solo music. It begins with Amaria’s engaging vocals over light piano support and gradually builds in intensity. After a first chorus, drums and building instrumentals kick in as the vocals increase in power, then a heavier chorus supported by stabs of guitar chords.
It drops into light vocals then drawn-out vocals over palm-muted chords, then repeats of “Time is running out, Can’t get enough breathing out” end on a big high note and a rocky instrumental section. That feeds into vocals over heavier instrumentals that take us to a rocky ending.
It’s a delicious track that gradually builds in heaviness and intensity. Check it out in the video below, which was shot in the peaceful location of Snowdonia, Wales:
Amaria’s sound has been influenced by rock bands like , Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Bring Me The Horizon and Nirvana, as well as the likes of Evanescence and Christina Aguilera.
On her sound, Amaria tells us: “I don’t like to put music in particular boxes, but nowadays either you or your listeners define your style. I would say that my music is influenced by alternative rock artists, pop-rock, a little touch of gothic rock. So my sound is powerful and rocky yet melodic.”
And on what inspires her to write music, she explains: “Talking about earlier songs I wrote for In.Vade, the main topic was love… But Amaria’s songs are talking about all sorts of things that are important for humanity. Time is a song about the ‘ratrace’ of humanity and how we deal with it.”
There’s plenty more to come from Amaria, as she tells us: “At the moment I’m working on a new song, which is a bit more electronic but still rocky and powerful! Hopefully, you can hear it before Christmas! And, of course, I am working on my album, which I promise it will be exciting.
“Currently, I am based in Ukraine and will be having few gigs this year in Kyiv, but my plan is to musically spread my wings outside of Ukraine.”