Today, “technicolored synthpop powerhouse” (Nylon) Ariana and the Rose returns with “Every Body”, her first new music since pre-lockdown and the first glimmer of a sonic evolution steeped in personal perseverance and unbridled joy. In the past, Billboard has called Ariana and the Rose a “musical project specializing in lyrically sincere, sonically enveloping synth-pop”, and with “Every Body” she is fortifying her place in a pop world that desperately needs to dance again.
Written and produced alongside longtime collaborator Andy Highmore (his credits include AlunaGeorge & The Knocks), “Every Body” uses its unrelenting beat and hypnotic soundscape to deliver a message of unity & inclusivity to the dance floor. The video (filmed at House of Yes in Brooklyn and directed by the Emmy-winning Jason Sherwood) conjures up pre-COVID memories of dancefloors, late night clubs, and freedom, finding Ariana and the Rose dancing amidst a crowd of nightlife & NYC/LA art world legends, in alphabetical order: Amanda Lepore, Bex, Cakes Da Killa, CT Hedden, The Dragon Sisters, Kandy Muse, Laith Ashley, Love Bailey, Madison Rose, Marizol, Merlot, Rhea Litre, Rify Royalty, Ryan Burke, Spencer Ludwig, Zero Waste Daniel.
In early spring 2020, Ariana had a whole album of songs ready to release throughout the summer – effervescent, hopeful and carefree. But when COVID-19 shook the world and sent us all inside, she found herself disconnected from the material and ended up scrapping all of it, not thinking it appropriate to celebrate amongst the pandemic and social unrest of the country. As quarantine continued, she started from scratch, writing, composing and recording the music she wanted to hear once the world opened up again and we could once again unite on the dancefloor. “Every Body” is the first taste.
Of the song’s origins, Ariana shared “As artists, we so often are trying to have our voices heard and it felt like a moment to look at the bigger picture of what the collective feeling was. This song was born out of that moment. I want to be the kind of artist who creates space for other people. Space to connect, either with other people or with themselves, space to feel seen, space to feel uninhibited and to feel safe to do all of those things. “Every Body” is a mission statement for my project and for the audience to get lost in. No matter who you are, how you identify or where you’re from, my musical world and my shows are for everyone to lose or find themselves in, I like to think of it as dance music catharsis.”
Of the star-studded music video, she added “I wanted to highlight the incredible people and the spirit of the NYC nightlife and LGBTQ+ communities. Clubs and nightlife have been a home for people who otherwise felt displaced for decades. It is about a chosen family and a sense of community rather than an individual. These are the places that have been a home for me, personally and professionally.”
The release of “Every Body” follows recent skyrocketing success on TikTok, when a video of a piano-assisted spoken word piece she posted earned an astounding 8 million views on the social media platform in less than a week. The video gained extra exposure when it was shared by the likes of Betches (via Instagram), NYT best-selling author Meena Harris & Tony-nominated actress Laura Benanti. She will also hit the road with Torres this September & October, as well as take the stage at the Treefort Music Festival & Austin City Limits Live (full dates below & here).
In the past, Ariana and the Rose has been called “a refreshing burst of authenticity” by LadyGunn, and she has earned acclaim from Consequence of Sound, Paper Magazine, Vice, Time Magazine, Refinery 29, LOGO, and more. She is also the curator of the immersive music and art party “light + space” which has had numerous events across Manhattan & Brooklyn (including a residency at House Of Yes), as well as one-off performances in LA and London.