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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Aya Yves has returned with her divine new single, Brave, a pop ballad that asks us to face difficult moments with courage and begin moving through life unafraid.

Co-written with Bri Clark, Josh Lovegrove and Jordi White, the track utilises the singers carefully crafted signature sound, creating a calming and tranquil listening experience, allowing the haunting tones to settle within the listener and transport them to their own place of power. Brave features the work producer Xavier Dunn (Jack River, CXLOE, GRAACE, Carmada, Peking Duk) and was mixed by Chris Collins, both of whom Yves has collaborated with on her previous releases.

Speaking of the track, the singer shares: “When we went into the session, the energy for the song was centred around being scared of new relationships. But I wasn’t going into a new relationship, and as the song progressed it started taking on a new meaning for me. I’d recently moved cities, quit my day job in pursuit of full time music and I was terrified. I had to back myself and believe in the journey. I see Brave as a reminder to myself that change is good, and growth happens outside your comfort zone. The feeling in the writing room that day for me was one of coming home, which is a rare feeling for someone who’s lived out of home since age 15. It holds such a special place in my heart, and I get that feeling back every time I get to perform it. I was lucky enough to recently have been selected to showcase at the inaugural Express Yourself Queer Discovery, and I was incredibly nervous about it. Having only come out as Queer a few weeks prior, it went against my instincts to get up and label myself as a queer artist. It seemed fitting to perform ‘Brave’ for the showcase, and I’m glad I did- it allowed me to connect in a vulnerable moment with other members of the LGBTQIA+ community, that was really special. ”

Aya Yves is the musical project of a Cooma-born, Canberra native Vendulka. Dear E. is the singers third release of the year, with her debut single (in)Sanity amassing 30,000 streams in just two months.

Brave Is out now! Listen to the track below.


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