Aradia: Woman, Witch, Goddess

aradia1Aradia is a seductress. She’s mysterious and sexy and irresistible.  Here music is a come-hither for the ears, a unique blend of rock, electronic, and world music. And she waits to cast her spell on all who open their minds to her. Roaring out of Seattle, this rocktronica Princess draws inspiration from artists like Goldfrapp, Blondie, Bjork and Joan Jett. She shares much with her literary namesake – Goddess Aradia, who (according to Gospel of the Witches) came to Earth to teach the practice of witchcraft to peasants in order for them to oppose their feudal oppressors.

Aradia herself might scoff at such a comparison (well, except for the Goddess part. What girl doesn’t want to be called a Goddess?) But I take that connection pretty seriously because it’s compelling and convenient. Her music is her witchcraft and she’s using it to save us all from the oppression of the corporate radio overlords.

The lead-off track on Possibilities:Dark sets the tone. In Knock Knock, she warns a boy how messy and totally overwhelming a relationship with a girl like her can be, all the while knowing he won’t be able to resist her. Scared little boy… threw some passion in your direction and you have yourself a rather messy cocktail… you knocked on the door and all I did was answer…

This theme carries over in Magic, a psychedelic funky trip where Aradia says, innocently enough, you want to believe in magic but you’re not sure it exists. Perhaps that’s true of all of us but one gets the feeling Aradia knows for sure.

Dream is Aradia’s proclamation that she is all things feminine – dark, light, waking life… dream…This one has a steady dance groove to it with a vocals. It is one of my favorites on this collection.

On the next track, I’m guessing she sends a signal to geeks the world over. M-Class is the name of the song, a term that also happens to mean an inhabitable planet in the Star Trek universe. (Trivia: M-Class is from the Vulcan term “Minshara.” Just one nugget of knowledge I picked up from an ex-boyfriend!) The song reminds me of an 80s tune called Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling which was actually a sequel of sorts to David Bowie’s Major Tom. Good stuff here! And that theme is carried over to the last song on the collection, So Long, about a journey through darkness. Is she referring to space or the deserts people often get lost in during dark periods of a relationship? I’ll leave that up to the listener but the song is very surreal and we get the chance to hear how sweet Aradia’s voice can be.

For something totally unique, I can’t recommend Aradia more. Check her out online and enjoy a sample below.