Before I kickstart the day with my typical punk rock fuel, this Monday called for a dreamy wakeup track. I couldn’t think of a better one than “Heart Shaped Hole”, Alya’s first single from her latest album Ten Years of Solitude. For those unfamiliar with the indie songstress, this song is a pretty great place to start, but it’s surely not to be the last track you listen to.
Ten Years of Solitude is a fantastic album of indie pop tunes with influences ranging from dance and electronic to folk singer-songwriters. More than any other comparison, her sound really reminds me of Sia. And, from a huge Sia fan, this should be read as nothing less than a huge compliment and proof that Alya has a fan in me. While I enjoy the album front to back, I can’t help but continue to gravitate back to the first single – and first track I heard from the album – because it has an infectious quality reminiscent of Sia’s earlier work with Zero 7.
So, if you’re in need for a dreamy tune to slowly rise to your feet on this Monday morning or a song to help take a little contemplation break from life’s insanity, Alya’s “Heart Shaped Hole” is as good a choice as any you will find.