You do not need aggressive music or bad words to make a great song. At this point, it’s pretty hard to deny that the EDM bubble has burst. Dance music will forever be popular, but the music of glow stick festivals and epic drops has very much faded from popularity. The most logical evolution of that sound is to be found in the newly popular space of a sweeter, hooky, but still progressive sound. Norwegian producer Niya has done has done that in spades on his single “A Life”. Niya’s beautiful warm pads and clipped synths are hardly revolutionary, but they stick in the brain, and show his potential as a killer electronic producer.
Niya’s sound is a more relaxing, uplifting and joyous form of EDM, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years.
Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer that has been shoved into a sub-bass vocoder, you’ll find sounds more akin to twinkling pianos being dropped into a cool blue ocean. Thoroughly happy, and positively inspiring stuff.
For this reason, I enjoyed listening to the single “A Life” quite a few times over the last week. When it comes on through the speakers, it’s like a palette cleanser; it has a genuinely refreshing effect between louder, more aggressive music. It has the same effect as a cool jug of water on a hot summer’s day. Niya imbues his music with brilliant melodies which really hit the mark. And such is the case with “A Life”.
On an even bright side, the production is brilliant, as is the use of instrumentation. The track exceed expectations and is exactly what you would expect from a high caliber producer. The songwriting is good and it doesn’t delve into the ‘put your hands up’ and ‘jump’ level of a lot of other dance music have remained stuck to.
Through his instrumentals, Niya tries to tell an emotional story, or at the very least, take on a sonic journey. Niya shows a lot of potential for the future, as “A Life” is a great effort!