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Ariel Storm

by Ariel Storm

Ariana Storm's soaring vocals over lush, dreamy soundscapes. Has been described as "Ambient Dreampop".
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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1. Rich Man
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2. Lucky
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3. Loudly Sometimes
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4. Flower
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5. Crazy
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6. Never Too Late
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7. No Patriot
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8. Love
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9. Negative Denied
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10. Misunderstanding
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11. Matter
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12. Walk Away
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13. They're Not As Many
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ariel Storm is the married duo of Ariana Storm and Kai Ariel, two multi instrumentalist singer/songwriters currently residing in Seattle. Their music, described as “Ambient Dreampop" combines lush, layered music arrangements with Ariana’s beautiful emotive vocals. Their main influences are the beloved Joni Mitchell and Brian Eno, reflected by their music being at once song driven yet also expansive in sound. Lyrically the music of Ariel Storm is a deeply honest expression of personal truth, with prevalent themes of self empowerment, social justice and emotional healing. 2006 marked the release of their eponymous album “Ariel Storm” on Carefree & Bohemian Records.
Ariana graduated from UCLA with a degree in the composition and theory of music where she won the Gil Rodin memorial scholarship for best pop musician. She is a five time winner of the Northern California Songwriters Association contest for best singer/songwriter. Ariana is also a dance musician (improvising on piano, voice and percussion for modern dance classes) and an abstract painter. Her paintings have sold nationwide.


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Amy Lotsberg, producer of Collected Sounds

Lush & pretty. Good new ambient dreamy record.
Ariana Storm is the lead singer and Kai Ariel is a multi instrumentalist.
Ariana has a lovely voice that is soft yet strong when it needs to be. She matches her sound to the feel of the music very well.
The music is hard to describe. It is somewhere in between Casio tone and deep rich ambient. For the most part the music is very lush and pretty. There are many layers here and a lot going on. This is a good headphone CD. One to listen to while just relaxing and where you can concentrate on the sounds.
The music actually sounds much like what the album cover looks like…if that makes sense. I sort of picture that art animated in my head when I listen to the record, especially the song " Misunderstanding".
If you on the lookout for a good new ambient dreamy record give this one a spin.

Darryl Gregory, Indie-Music.com

"Ariel Storm puts a stamp on a category such as synth-pop and makes it their own
Oh no, another synth techno dance CD. WAIT! I listen further. There are lyrics. Good lyrics. There are well sung vocals. Wait, there’s form and thought and-and COMPOSITION! The eponymous CD from Ariel Storm: It’s not just drum machines and looped arpeggiated sine waves. Thank goodness ... I listen on.

Ariel Storm is the result of the longtime collaboration between singer/songwriter Ariana Storm and multi instrumentalist Kai Ariel. Ariana has a degree from UCLA in theory and composition and Kai is a multi-instrumentalist who creates multi-media performances and street theater. One gets a total sense of this duo’s background as the CD progresses.

The disc starts out with a very techno feel: ultra-bass ambient sounds, drum loops, flanged vocals and all that goes with that style of music. But the CD evolves. Track two, "Lucky," has a Tori Amos feel to it with the octave doubled vocals and meandering form. We’re getting into singer-songwriter territory. By the time we get to track five, "Crazy," we start to hear acoustic instruments thrown into the mix.

"Never Too Late" brings us to a more theatrical part of the stage with just an effects-processed piano as accompaniment. We’ve lost the drum machine, and the music starts to breathe a bit more. Ariana has a soft breathy alto voice that delivers her lyrics clearly, and I love how she pulls her voice down into the contra-alto range. "Love" is a whimsical, spinning-textured piece with fun writ large but could use a bigger rock-n-roll voice to punch it through.

My favorite track is “Walk Away," a very sexy song-story about a woman being checked out by a prowling male. Ariana sings like the lyrics are thoughts in her head as she eyes the wolf. At times the music put us in a jungle hunt with djembe rhythms and twangy micro-tonal strings and then we fly out into the smoother music of the woman’s thoughts. In the end she doesn’t reject the prowling male outright, but says she’ll be there when the love comes.

I’m not a big fan of synthesized sounds. I get tired of the Garage Band loop composers and their calling a combination of pre-packaged, pre-composed samples a piece of music. So it’s refreshing and encouraging to hear a CD that demonstrates that synthesis can be musical. Ariel Storm puts a stamp on a category such as synth-pop and makes it their own. The sounds are unique yet familiar and don’t try too hard to mimic acoustic sounds. Ariana’s voice blends in well with the soundscapes and the lyrics are smart and edgy. This is a great find and a CD that sits well on a shelf next to Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush (with nods to Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel). Looking forward to the next one.


By Darryl Gregory, Indie-Music.com

Bruce Menin

"The duo wedge themselves too deeply into your heart to be dismissed as pop."
“Someone out there has described the work of Seattle duo Kai Ariel and Ariana Storm as "Ambient Dreampop." Ambient? Certainly-- the CD is textured beautifully, with the extraordinarily rich voice of vocalist Ariana Storm at times embedded in lush arrangements, often of her own voice multi-tracked and punctuated by her own piano playing. Dreamy-- I can buy that. There is something more here than pop music, however.

The lyrics penned by the duo wedge themselves too deeply into your heart to be dismissed as pop.

Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of pop music I like. But this isn't anything like pop.

The songs have a strongly ambient feel to them; the melody is carried by Storm's vocals, accented by almost surgical percussion, guitars, and bass by the multi-instrumentalist Ariel. It is Storm's voice that is the lead instrument. But it is her lyrics that are deeply personal and self-revealing, and challenge the listener, such as in the tune 'Rich Man'.

“Who do you run from
I’m not so serene
I want to be somewhere
I’m not demeaned
I want to be something
Other than mad
Could I be here
With a little more heaven”

Storm is a woman prepared to ask us and herself difficult questions, to challenge assumptions, to advocate for herself. She is also a person who recognizes that value is not what sits in your bank account; value is found in human relationships, and that some qualify as transcendent. In her song 'Lucky', Storm expresses a vulnerability that is under-girded by her willingness to risk sharing herself, unconditionally; more than that, she is aware of it.

"So rare to find someone
Who’ll talk it out when you trespass
Or they do
I’m afraid sometimes
To let it in let it in
How good it can be
I’m so lucky
Lucky
To know you"

In the world of Ariel Storm, and lyricist Ariana Storm, (an award-winning songwriter), you will not be lulled to sleep by an ambient confection; Storm is too forceful and passionate a songwriter to take the easy way out. Jump into the CD, and you are entering into a dialogue with two skilled musicians, who will assert themselves, challenge you; at times discomfort you. But there is nothing superficial about Ariel Storm; despite the sheer beauty of Storm's vocals, and the masterful multi-tracking of them that recurs throughout the CD, the songs possess their own depth. Each is confessional; sometimes those confessions emanate from the writer, but more often, they are the whisperings in the heart of the listener.

And yet, for all of the introspective and emotional content on the CD, it ends with an oddly festive, simple tune, 'They’re Not As Many,' with lyrics fitting this moment, 27 years tonight removed from the death of John Lennon.

"Come on come on
Come on now
Let it be
Love
Away away
Away now

Those who refuse
Love
Open heart
Make it better
One world
Together in Love"

One world. Together. In Love.

Lennon would have liked that.

This Compact Disc is well worth listening to. It is strong, very strong lyrically, with the ability to draw you in and make you think deep and hard. There is nothing about the transparency of Storm's lyrics that will let the listener off easy-- it's your life she is singing about, as well as her own. The musicianship is first rate, and the arrangements serve the lyrics, which in turn are delivered by a strong vocals”.
Bruce Menin - Sounds Right 12/08/2007 11:30:00 PM