Inspired by the likes of Ben Howard, Laura Marling, and Basia Bulat, Aster Rhys uses the tall of tales to tune into her ancestral memory. All things magic, myth, and mysticism are woven through her being and pour out through her in her music. From the study of folklore and mythology to the practice of traditional herbalism, Aster Rhys’ mind is ever elsewhere. And her music, like herself, is a prescient echo of the ages. At once ancient and present, ethereal and magnetic, Aster Rhys weaves allusive lyrics, soaring vocals, and acoustic instrumentation into her own signature sound: ceremonial folk.
Wandering from New Jersey, studying in New York, living in California, Michigan, and settling in Connecticut, Aster Rhys embraces the wild ways where she embeds herself in the New Haven music scene. It was in Michigan, with watchful trees for company, that Aster Rhys wrote and recorded her forthcoming EP Mæta; and it is from Connecticut that she is bringing Mæta to life through the music release and accompanying visual narratives. The album is an act of unconscious healing. In a time of transformation, it is a synthesis of timeless experiences that ring true then and now and again.
In one of the singles from the EP, “Echo” is a transformation, a battle of the mind in the conscious state as it reaches for the solemn echoes of calm and peace. With her voice, Rhys transcends through space like the wanderer she is; worthy of the lands she plants her feet on. The album in its entirety is much worth the journey, but to introduce yourself into the world of Aster Rhys, dip your toes and immerse yourself into all things “Echo.”
The track, “Echo,” is available on all streaming platforms. Listen now: