Alejandro Aranda spent a season on American Idol, however he is all the time been a being of his personal creation. He carried out technically dazzling original compositions as a part of a showcase that tends to favor belting covers. He greeted judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie with an understated “What’s up, homies?” throughout his audition. And since 2019, when he launched his stark, genre-agnostic debut Exit Type, Aranda has used his major-label platform to wedge the bizarre, hard-edged sounds that gasoline him right into a mainstream pop profession. No straightforward feat, however Aranda is such a gifted stylistic polymath that it magnetizes him; his songs mix industrial darkgaze, soulful trip-hop, mathy heaviness, and dizzying piano rhapsodies right into a recording and performing alias he calls Scarypoolparty.
The staggering consequence, seemingly not possible within the streaming age, is one thing wholly his personal, a path not beholden to developments or dictated by focus-grouped nostalgia. It is the chilly, metallic Queen of the Damned soundtrack filtered via the nice and cozy lights of his dwelling, Los Angeles, and of Aranda’s personal lived expertise. His new EP, titled after town itself, captures what it is given him: the emotion, the part-time jobs, the lengthy talks, the longer drives, and each second in quarantine.
“Plenty of these songs had been positively lockdown songs,” Aranda tells MTV Information. “I believe a majority of them had been self-reflection on the place town is, the place I stay, and day by day life — day by day going out and making an attempt to do issues, and you may’t, and you must keep inside and ensure the whole lot is OK in that space.”
For final 12 months’s Doom Hologram, Aranda recorded vocals straight into his MacBook, unknowingly prefacing the Zoom-call collaborations he’d depend on finalizing this new EP. The brevity of Los Angeles as a four-song EP likewise permits Aranda to tighten up his personal preparations, making it his most accessible assortment but. As a substitute of downbeat, seven-minute meditations or hourlong piano improvisations, he leans into pop buildings at the same time as he rushes towards the horizon fusing lure, classical piano, and cocktail bravado. He even reined in a few of his extra experimental tendencies: “Initially, I had three songs on the EP after which I had this metallic track that I used to be going to throw in there, and I used to be similar to, you recognize what? I would like it to make sense.”
The result’s Los Angeles in its many shades, cohesive but sprawling like its namesake. Beneath, Aranda breaks down the EP observe by observe and temper by temper.