Album Reviews

Ariel Bui

Ariel Bui

Artist:     Ariel Bui

Album:     Ariel Bui

Label:     Self Released

Release Date:     09/30/2016


Ariel Bui is definitely a unique artist. She has created an authentic sound that echoes throughout the ages.

“I consider music a language,” she says in her bio. “I’ve moved a lot in my life and find that every region has its own overall sound. Having lived in the American South most of my life, moving to Nashville inspired me to explore my southern roots.”

“For a long time, I’ve wanted to explore the idea of modern day slave songs inspired by African American spirituals that evolved into rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and blues. I wanted to honor those artists in a way that felt true and genuine. What ended up happening was I sang a lot about my deepest emotions in the form of short pop songs inspired by rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, blues, folk and country.”

Bui was formally trained in classical music and she was influenced by artists including Fiona Apple, Angel Olsen, Bjork and Radiohead.

Her latest album is full of soul mixed with country tones. You can hear her yearn with passion throughout the entire album. The album sounds great via MP3, but listen to it on vinyl… it’s better than expected – enhances her vintage, natural sound. After all, what you hear has never been touched by a computer.

“Moon Over Kentucky” is my favorite track. Bui only uses three cords to create such an original masterpiece. The journey she takes you on is incredible. Her soothing vocals sway you back and forth like you’re floating in the middle of the ocean. “To All The Cowboys” is another beautiful one, with lyrics that both mend and break your heart: “To all the cowboys/that I ever loved/I hope the open road/kisses your feet/sweet as you did me/before you had to go.” The melody and lyrics send you over the moon and into an other-worldly place. “Jump the Gun” has a verse that I absolutely love: “Will you remember me when I’m gone/when the harvest comes along/of my flesh and of my bones/of my heart and of my soul.”

All of the tracks are beautiful, and create a blissful experience for listeners. Bui is definitely a work of art with her natural voice and incredible talent. This girl is going places, hopefully sooner than she thinks. She’s a true act that brings what most artists don’t have: passion, talent and authenticity. If you’re looking for an album that’s modern, yet classic, pick up this vinyl. Your mind will be blown.

-Emilee Gorshe


Listen to “Moon Over Kentucky,” from Ariel Bui’s self-titled album, HERE.  

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