Alternative-pop songstress Aria Wunderland is back with her latest release, “In My Head.” Following her previous single, “Risk it All,” this newest single shows off more of Aria’s vulnerable side in this classically-retro sounding bop. The track is deeply introspective and is about being infatuated with someone, loving everything about another person while internalizing a lot of those thoughts and feelings.
About the song, Aria comments “The process of writing my songs varies. I’d say melodies and chord progressions come pretty easily. I collaborate a lot with Ikenna Funken, an amazing pop alternative producer/songwriter. We usually just vibe out and cook up a track first, it’s finding a song concept and title that proves to be more challenging. While I follow a ton of artists and love many different genres of music, I recently draw inspiration from other forms of art. It could be from a film, a great piece of literature, a portrait, architecture, or just a day at the museum. For example, the concept of “Airplane Mode” was inspired by a year of traveling the world and tapping into this feeling of escapism. Obviously all that travel meant my phone was often put on airplane mode while I was in the air. We decided to make this a play on words. This led to the idea of being disconnected from everything else except for the person next to you. It was about being free from obligations and things that weigh on your mind and just enjoying the freedom of being in the moment.
“Superfly” was inspired by the book The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. I studied philosophy in college, and while I had read the book in High School, I was required to read it again. I am really into surrealism and always loved this imagery of a man being a bug. This inspired me to come up with this concept of a love interest being super fly, but also a literal fly. I wanted to play with the idea that this love interest could be bad for me, yet so irresistible and worth the bite.
What makes my newest single “In My Head” so unique from my previous songs is that it didn’t really begin with a concept. This was a complete vibe record that Ikenna and I came up with. We took a free form approach when writing it. It all started with what eventually became the end of the song where I sing, “yeah… yeah yeah yeah…” and then we built the entire song around this. Just one word, a melody, and then we built it from there. It essentially came to life on its own, with a lot of freestyle writing on the mic. This ultimately grew into a song about being infatuated with another person and you can’t get them out of your head. You’re obsessed.”