American trio IEVA (pronounced YEH-vah) describe their sound as being inspired by ‘strains of darkness mixed with long Boston winters, NYC energy and Los Angeles sunshine’.
You can certainly hear that rich contrast come through on their current release Rings – check it out below.
There’s actually a very Anglophonic sound to Rings with its initial musical nods towards the likes of Depeche Mode and Cocteau Twins. Solid, driving percussion provides the spine for a sound that takes 80s English indie, some EBM and nu-metal nuances and gives them a swirling, dark texture.
The vocals – courtesy of Ieva Berberian – take the originality of the track up a notch by being part Kate Bush, part Shirley Manson – as seductive as a siren and with the same hint of mystery and danger as it seeks to draw you in to the band’s dreamily creative lair.
The trio had this to say about the song: “Rings is about a sequence of events repeating over and over. Even though we know something is morally wrong, we allow it to repeat, we allow history to repeat itself ”