EVAN GIIA takes her already-contemplative single “FOCUS” and cuts even closer to the bone in a new version of the track, released today by Astralwerks. “FOCUS” (Acoustic), which finds GIIA accompanied simply by guitar, marks the first time she has released an acoustic version of one of her songs. Download / stream HERE.
GIIA filmed the video for “FOCUS” (Acoustic) while quarantining at her parents’ home in rural Massachusetts. Drafting her brother to shoot the clip, GIIA settled on a stunning location at the edge of nearby Boston Harbor and delivered an intimate, incredibly vulnerable performance of “FOCUS” at dusk. View the video, which premiered earlier today on Euphoria, HERE.
Hailed as “an inspired anthem with a feel-good message” by V Magazine, “FOCUS” is the latest in a series of singles GIIA has released since signing to Astralwerks. Wonderland said, “We defy you to listen to [‘SIDELINES’]… and not feel your heart tempo kick up a few notches.” The New Nine said, “EVAN GIIA is the new cool girl to keep on your radar…’Switch Off’ is upbeat, pulsing and sure to be on repeat on your playlists.” Earmilk observed, “EVAN GIIA is the gutsy, barnstorming pop singer making quite a splash with her unique sonic panache and kinetic live persona.”
Earlier this month, GIIA headlined the Saturday night of Proximity/Brownies and Lemonade’s Digital Mirage virtual festival. The Brooklyn-based, Berklee College of Music alumna has performed at Firefly, Bonnaroo, Coachella, CRSSD and Los Angeles State Historic Park and shared stages with the likes of ODESZA, Jai Wolf and BigWild. A classically trained opera singer, GIIA’s voice adds a distinctive touch to her electronic pop crossover sound. She made her recording debut on the MEMBA track “Heat of the Moment,” featuring alongside Hoosh. The song was named Single of the Week by BBC Radio 1.
Released by ODESZA’S Foreign Family Collective in 2018, GIIA’s breakout single “WESTWORLD” and the accompanying music video propelled her to #1 on Hype Machine. Combined global streams of the song now exceed 10 million. Since the release of “WESTWORLD,” GIIA has been in sessions with Hudson Mohawke, Georgia Ku, Nate Campany, Kyle Shearer, Chris Lyon, RITUAL, OjiVolta, Kate Morgan, CHVRCHES, What So Not, Matias Mora and Larzz.
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