100 Years of Song is a new project by New York chanteuse, The Sound of Aja, offering up a musical exploration, celebration, and re-evaluation of songwriting from the past century.
This ambitious debut draws a line from the popularisation of recorded music in the 1920’s, to where we are now with its ubiquity in the 2020’s.
From New Mexico to New York by way of Paris and L.A., TSoA has accumulated a musical education that now finds itself spilling over into a century of sonic interpretation.
“This is a dream concept for me,” says TSoA. “I get to indulge my passion for music and art across what has possibly been the most fascinating century of human culture and development. And I can do it with my family, loved ones and dear friends, far and near, thanks to today’s tech. I feel ridiculously fortunate, and eternally grateful – the project absolutely has gotten me through these dark times.”
The 100 Years of Song album features an eclectic array of covers of songs from the likes of Nat King Cole, John Martyn and Nik Kershaw, going all the way back to a spiritual first recorded in the 1920’s. Collaborators across the record include Ben Christophers (Bat for Lashes, Imogen Heap, Guy Garvey), Gary Clark (“Sing Street,” Danny Wilson), Hugo Dunn-Vereker (Michael Brook, Wrenne), Christopher Given Harrison (Sonos/Arora) and Gregor Philp (Deacon Blue).
The first track released from the 100 Years album was the Kern/Harbach 1933 classic “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”
“Bang Bang,” the new single, is a reinvention of Cher’s 3m seller from 1966 (also famously covered that same year by Nancy Sinatra). Produced by Philp, Dunn-Vereker & Harrison, the song is infused with all the drama of those original versions of the song. The Sound of Aja creates the cinematic bravura instead with colourful electronic soundscapes and stampeding brass.
The live action/animation video for “Bang Bang” will premiere May 3, in tandem with the launch of new clothing brand, GSTQ. Their campaign features TSoA on film, in stills and music.