Along with today’s announcement, ARO also unveiled a brand new track titled “I Can Change.” The stunning new song is a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s 2010 release of the same title, “James Murphy has a very rare ability to remain vulnerable and raw, whilst capturing a sense of irony and twisted humor in his songwriting. There are thousands of songs written about heartbreak, so few capture that combination of conflicting emotions the way James can, that’s what drew me to the song,” Aimee explains to NYLON Magazine.
Since entering the musical arena in 2015 with her haunting debut single “Raining Gold” — available now on Spotify — ARO has gone on to garner an impressive 2.3 million plays on YouTube alone. With the likes of The FADER Magazine comparing her sound to PJ Harvey, and the UK’sIndependent on Sunday describing her sound as “moody and meditative, imbued with the spirit of dolorous trip-hop,” it’s undoubtedly going to be an exciting year for “music’s new Princess of Darkness” (V Magazine), as she gears up to release new original material and tour North America later this spring.
In March, ARO will also be venturing to Austin, Texas for 2016’s SXSW Music Conference. More details on showcase appearances and special events to be announced.
ARO (pronounced “arrow”), is a singer and songwriter who, at age 16, shunned the family spotlight and embraced anonymity in pursuit of an authentic musical career of her own. “It’s natural to want to rebel against what your parents do,” explains Aimée. “Once I accepted music was my path, I rebelled by wanting to do it my own way. I also didn’t think it was respectful to my father’s career and creativity to assume that I could jump on the back of all he had worked his entire life for.”
Instead, the young artist spent her time browsing the aisles of record stores, discovering and being inspired by artists such as Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Johnny Cash, Doris Day, Björk, Portishead, Massive Attack and soul great Minnie Riperton. Clearly, her love of the avant-garde, dark, and cinematic music paid off.