" I believe collaboration is one of the finest spices in life and in music... two voices coming together and blending is a thing of alchemy " says Aris. This magic rings true on his new album "Through The Storms" . Both broad in style and still interconnected with the mix of its deeply personal solo work and collection of collaborations, the music is lush, emotional, intimate, tender, and soaring.
The opening track "Become Love" features soul singer Coby Koehl and the infectious refrain "Love become a mountain and a mountain become love". It bounces effortlessly with a rhythmic piano line, claps and swampy blues guitars. Instinct Magazine & HuffPost Entertainment contributor Michael Cook describes Aris as "... a unique and sublimely in touch artist. ... hauntingly ethereal ... Aris' raw and yearning vocals pairing wonderfully with the throbbing beats throughout... " and notes "Teaming up with the always eclectic Coby Koehl was a stroke of genius" " Aris reveals deep emotional power and grit .."
With his hands across all facets of songwriting & production, Aris takes the listener deeply into his world - revealing, refreshingly vulnerable, heartfelt and uplifting. Blending rock and soul with influences of 90's alternative, Aris delivers a collection of powerful rock anthems & equally memorable ballads on "Through The Storms". There is a universal message that can be found through every sonic thread.
"Through The Storms" blends a tapestry of sounds and genres - rock, soul, and country. The journey from New York to Nashville reflects in the collaborations with Aaron Lee Tasjan (on "Forsaken" ) and Jeneen Terrana (on "Freedom" ). Both Tasjan and Terrana began their musical journeys in New York City and found their wings in Nashville. "Forsaken" is part of the album's final arch, inspired by the stages of grief.
The collection reaches its emotional core with "Forever and a Day" featuring trailblazing LGBT pop artist & activist Ari Gold , who passed away in early 2021 during the recording of the album. Themes of grieving & healing play out delicately, pulling at every heartstring on both the aforementioned track and "Missing" featuring Vincent DiGeronimo . The pair wrote the song about their parents (Aris' mother and Vincent's father) who both passed away in the years prior. With the emotions palpable in every line in these songs, there is both a rawness and honesty that disarm and inspire.
The album ends with a reprise of "Love" , Aris' 2019 collaboration with Grammy award winner Paula Cole . The stripped down instrumentation closes the album on a hopeful note, completing a journey through songs about love, loss, healing and finding the light again.
The album's themes are further explored in the podcast & video series also named "Through The Storms", which finds Aris chatting with collaborators and friends about personal stories regarding all the afformentioned themes. The series provides perhaps the most vulnerable notes from the album with uplifting stories that dive deep into emotional empowerment.
Aris and his music have been featured in fashion campaigns for Project Runway winner Irina Shabayeva and on dance floors at venues such as the Webster Hall, the Bitter End and Santos Party House. Jim Fusilli of The Wall Street Journal describes Aris' music as "rock with big lyrical themes" and offers comparisons to singer Peter Gabriel. While Aris has also drawn comparisons to Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell and U2, his sound is definitely unique. "Clubland's newest rocker combines a punk sensibility with electronic dance to create a unique grunge house sound all his own." writes Nashville's "Inside OUT".