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Colorado-Based Songstress, Aya Maguire, candidly explores how she has endured the dark to ignite a wildfire within her heart throughout her upcoming album release, ‘The Sandcastle King’. Kicking off with the first track, “Oh My Heart”, Aya introduces listeners into her haunting aura which transcends the physical over a lyrical spill pertaining to dusting off her seasoned heart after numerous rounds of pain, hurt and scars. The second track, “Two to Fold”, begins with a slow instrumental stir that carries Folk elements and fuses together a web of mystery over lyrical indecision when it comes to a dark and passionate interpersonal connection that has grown cold over a variety of seasons and experiences. “The Start” is the third track that mimics the likes of Paula Cole back in her ‘This Fire’ days as Aya lyrically speaks of subconsciously having the desire to travel back to the glory days within an interpersonal relationship, yet allows her conscious thoughts come to light as the track purposely expands beyond naivety.
The fourth track, “Water Rise”, is one that serves to tend to an emotive state as Aya lyrically explores vulnerability and how she currently feels that she is unable to bring how she feels outward which is not aiding in creating a state of clarity. “Colors” is the fifth track in which Aya lyrically sheds light on her desire to reach beyond a state of gloom and enter a state of love, light and liberation from past experiences that haunt her mind and inhibit her from living out as her highest self. The sixth track, “There’s No Such Thing As A Portland Thunderstorm”, serves to compliment Aya’s bold vocal style as she lyrically traverses through a world that she has cultivated within her imagination and ties in an instrumental touch akin to Tori Amos in her ‘To Venus and Back’ days. “Child’s Play” is the seventh track that will cut into the core of listeners as Aya lyrically speaks of no longer finding pleasure within the lack of communication between her and an individual that she once was deeply in love with. The eighth track, “Foundations”, is a profound lyrical statement that is sent forth in a subtle way as Aya highlights how she subconsciously steered clear from what she thought were her foundations that she had set in stone for an individual that is no longer a part of her life. “Internecine Child” is the ninth track that carries the feminine edge of 90’s grunge while remaining true to Aya’s intention to showcase that she has walked through the fire of love and come out a stronger and more artistically dynamic woman. The tenth track, “How You Breathe”, is everything that a broken heart desires to hear as Aya lyrically explores how reaching a state in which two individuals begin picking apart every little thing about one another typically accompanies the bitter end. Closing out with the title track, “The Sandcastle King”, Aya attempts to lyrically reach a state of serenity yet recognizes that it will take time to heal such a profound and deeply soulful love experience.
Aya Maguire is a wizened old soul that explores both feminine and masculine properties of being throughout ‘The Sandcastle King’. If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as Feist, PJ Harvey, Jewel, Poe and Tori Amos, then set a reminder for the July 13th, 2018 release of ‘The Sandcastle King’ on Soundcloud.
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