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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Singer Aya Yves has released her new single, Dear E., following up her girl-power smash Smart Girls.

The layered pop ballad explores themes of addiction, loss and family ties, showcasing the singers soft and airy vocals, and the strength and maturity she holds. The personal song is an ode to the musicians family, showcasing a softer, more vulnerable side that juxtaposes her previously dark-pop centred releases. Co-written with LANKS, Yves continues her collaboration with producer Xavier Dunn, with Chris Collins on mixing duties

Of the release, the singer shared the following statement: “I was driving to Sydney for my first co-writing session and received news that my sister had cancer, It had spread to her bones and couldn’t be treated. I was so angry at the world, so hurt. I’d spent the last 2-3 years being my sister’s primary support person through her struggles with addiction, and we’d finally been making progress. We’d taken 2 steps forward, only for any reason to keep walking being pulled out from underneath us. I pulled over, had a huge cry, got myself back together and kept driving. The next day I walked into my session with LANKS and we started laying out a bed for the track. Will asked me to do some mouth percussion, I walked up to the mic and I felt so awkward that I laughed. Hearing the laugh back - I realised just how much it sounds exactly like my sister’s. When asked what I wanted to write about, I felt like I couldn’t write about anything else, my brain was so consumed. I sat at Will’s dining table and bawled my eyes out, writing a letter about the things I wish I’d done differently. It’s such a hard topic, there’s so much to say - and how do you get a lifetime of love and grief into a song? And how are you meant to delve into something like that with someone you’ve just met? The thing about someone getting a terminal diagnosis is that you do your grieving whilst they’re still living, and that’s a really hard space to be in. You want to celebrate the life they’ve lived, the moments you’ve shared- and make use of the time you have left together, but at the same time there’s this overwhelming sense of hurt, of anger, of heartbreak. ‘Dear E.’ isn’t just a letter to my sister, it’s a reminder for hope. A promise that we have unfinished business, and we’ll find each other in the next life.”

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.

Dear E. Is out now! Listen to the track below.


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