Intimate Return From Pop Newcomer Alayna

Rotorua-born R&B singer Alayna Powley, 23, who goes by the mononymous name alayna, has always wanted to make music with a certain intimacy, music that peers beneath the surface, according to the UK’s Clash magazine.

Her new cut Bliss is online now, dominated by a powerfully under-stated vocal and a sparse arrangement that lets each aspect find its way to the fore.

“I wanted to find a way to articulate the personal, intimate feeling of being completely at ease,” Powley explains. “Bliss​ feels like a sigh, a softening of shoulders and a comfort in a moment with someone. Bliss​ feels like pure, real love.”

Powley is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Original article by Robin Murray, Clash, November 29, 2017.


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Ruban Nielson Talks Music & NZ Artists

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