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EP Review: Aya Safiya’s Sweetly Enchanting and Assertive Debut

by Mitch Mosk on September 21, 2018

 

Aya Safiya’s self-titled debut EP offers the kind of fresh messages and rich sounds that will ultimately help push music forward. Independently released last Friday, 9/14/2018, the five-track Aya Safiya EP is more than an introduction to the Boston by-way-of Bay Area singer, songwriter, and violinist: It’s an assertion of powerful emotions and meaningful experiences, reflections on life, and aspirations for a better world.

Safiya’s sound is engaging and catchy, yet it defies standard categorization: Nuances of electro-folk and indie pop bring to the fore artists like Tennis or HAIM, yet such comparisons are merely for perspective: Despite coming of age in a seemingly fully-saturated market, the artist has (with the help of producer Tano Brock) crafted a standout sonic persona.

Safiya’s sweet and smoky voice is on full display throughout the EP, yet…

World Music Maestro Aya Safiya Makes Her Pop Debut

With her new EP, the East Bay-bred singer-songwriter doesn't completely leave her roots behind.

 

by Madeline Wells on September 11, 2018

 

Aya Safiya is a traditional Greek musician perched on the cusp of something new. She's a violinist and vocalist trained in North African, flamenco, Balkan, Greek, and Turkish techniques, but if you ask her, you won't find any evidence of her world music background on her self-titled debut EP. That's because for the first time, Safiya is making pop music.

"I've always wanted to do pop and rock because that's what I grew up with," she said. She recalls a cassette tape by The Beatles being the first thing she ever chose to listen to when she was 7 years old. In her new EP, it's not too difficult to pick out the mainstream influences she cites…

Premiere: ‘What Do You Do’ by Aya Safiya

This rollicking, folk-rock ditty is filled with lush instrumentals and soothing vocals.

 

by Jessie Shiewe on May 8, 2017

 

Most people have had crushes in their lives. (I know I certainly have.) And sometimes, those crushes can be problematic, say, if the dude in question is your best friend’s boyfriend or if the girl you like is your sister’s friend.

In Aya Safiya‘s debut single, “What Do You Do,” she tackles this problem, cooing in the song’s chorus, “What do you do / When you love someone, you’re not supposed to?”

Her answer — especially if you’re mooning over someone you really can’t tell anyone about — is to “shout it out to the world in a song.”

The lush, dreamy folk-rock number also showcases…