alayna is easily one of the most exciting rising artists for me at the moment. Her fresh take on R&B and soul music is instantly intriguing and her gorgeous voice seals the deal. She blasted onto the scene last year with a string of three singles that garnered tons of positive attention and earned her a spot on my list of Artists to Watch 2018. If you’re not already on board with her, check out my favorite song, “High Off You”, HERE. Since her last release, “Bliss”, in November, she’s stayed relatively quiet, with the very notable exception of featuring on “Forest Fire”, the debut track by YOG$. It’s easily one of my favorites of this year so far, with a lot of credit for that going to her vocal turn. Give it a listen HERE. Thankfully, now she’s back with new solo material in the form of Sweet Soul. alayna again has crafted an enthralling R&B ballad that tugs at your heartstrings while simultaneously making you want to sing and sway along. My only complaint with the track is that I wish it was longer! I love everything alayna has put out so far and I can’t wait to see what she does next. In the meantime, be sure to check out “Sweet Soul” below and get on board.
alayna is the reason I came across, Forest Fire, the debut track from producer YOG$. After a stellar breakout year, alayna popped up on my Artists to Watch 2018 list, so obviously I’m very excited whenever her name pops up anywhere. It’s always a great feeling when artists you follow collaborate with people you might not otherwise come across but end up truly enjoying. That’s definitely the case for me today. Because alayna features here, now I have two new acts to be following with YOG$ and Healy. “Forest Fire” is a gorgeous low key track with pulsating synths and a simple beat, putting alayna’s and Healy’s vocals on full display. The track clearly brings out the best in each of the artists which is exactly what you want from a collaboration. Be sure check out “Forest Fire” below and be on the lookout for more from these three.
alayna had one of the strongest debut songs of the year when she released “Falling Autumn” back in February. Her take on R&B was instantly captivating, with her gorgeous vocals soaring over minimalistic production. The track showed restraint in all the right places, resulting in a laid-back track that consistently has me going back for more. I know I’ve done it before, but I’d remiss without giving a quick shout out to 20XX, the label that kick started alayna, joan, and several other artists that were in contention for spots on my list and one more to be revealed in the next few days. Not only are they doing an incredible job of identifying some of the most exciting acts out there, they obviously advise them well and help them on their way.
After making a huge impact with her first track, alayna next shared “High Off You”, another beautiful R&B track and one of my absolute favorites of the year. It was one thing to have such a solid start, but to follow it up with this absolute gem solidified her as one of the artists I’m most excited about. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to this track. It’s emotionally resonant both in its melodiousness and its lyrics; and the way it builds to the second chorus is a truly show stopping moment. alayna would’ve had an exceptional year with just those two tracks, but she followed it up with her latest track, “Bliss”, just a few weeks ago, again showing off her vocal chops and displaying a new facet to her sound. I’m very confident alayna is going places and I’m so excited to see what she comes up with next. Check out a few of my favorites below.
alayna is an artist I’ve been really excited about since I heard her debut track, “Falling Autumn” back in February. Her take on smooth R&B was instantly attractive and her gorgeous vocals sealed the deal. She followed it up with the even better “High Off You” which showed a more powerful side to the New Zealand native. “High Off You” is definitely a contender for my songs of the year list I make for myself every December (check out “High Off You” HERE). On the strength of those two singles alone, alayna became one of the artists I’m most excited about. This week she shared her third track, Bliss, and that trend is only continuing. Finding itself in between the laid back, mellow sound of “Falling Autumn” and the belting chorus of “High Off You”, “Bliss” ticks all the boxes of an incredible R&B song. It seems like alayna is gaining traction with every release and I can’t wait to see what she does next. She certainly is an artist to watch. Check out “Bliss” below.
So I understand that there are probably a good number of people out there that just want to hear new music, but don’t necessarily care to read what I have to say about it. Thankfully, I’m not at a point yet where I’m so vain I refuse to share music with people who aren’t interested in my opinions. With that in mind, I’m finally pulling the trigger on trying to make playlists a reality so people can listen to what I think are the best songs of the month without getting bogged down. For this month (and potentially subsequent months) I have selected my top 10 tracks. Hopefully you’ll take the time to listen, and if you feel so inclined, follow Symbiosis Music on Spotify or maybe even go back and read the associated posts. If you don’t have Spotify, I included a Soundcloud playlist as well. Hope you enjoy!
alayna is another artist I don’t understand why I didn’t cover their first song. She debuted earlier this year with the absolute knockout, “Falling Autumn”. The track immediately blew up all over the internet and has already racked up over 2 million plays on Spotify alone! It’s so good I’m going to throw it on the bottom of this post just so you can listen to it if you haven’t. “Falling Autumn” did an incredible job of marrying current R&B production (courtesy of astronomyy) with alayna’s outstanding vocals. Like her debut, newly released track, High Off You, boasts interesting, forward thinking production (this time thanks to Maths Time Joy), but more so than before, plays the role of laying the groundwork for alayna’s songwriting and powerful vocals to shine through. I’ve had it on repeat since it released and there are still new things I’m noticing that make me appreciate it even more. “High Off You” proves that alayna still has so much in her, and if she can continue to follow up these tracks as well as she did here, she’s definitely going places! Check out “High Off You” below and catch up on “Falling Autumn” if you missed it as well!