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“You can’t evolve as an artist unless you’re evolving as a person,” says Araya. “If you want to grow, you have to learn to look forward without resenting the past.” It’s a delicate balance, to be sure, but one Araya strikes with both precision and heart on his stunning new album, Ethos. Recorded once again with executive producer Thaddeus Goode at the helm, the collection comes less than a year after the Thai-Chilean songwriter’s breakout debut, Atlas, which garnered rave reviews and racked up more than a million & a half streams on Spotify alone. Working with an even more bold and confident approach this time around, Araya grapples with purpose, identity, and spirituality here as he mixes vintage and futuristic sounds into a transfixing blend of R&B, soul, hip-hop, and electronic music. Where Atlas represented something of a sonic collage, Ethos stands as a more deliberate and intentional work crafted from the ground up by Araya and his bandmates—Goode, Luca Cuni, and Will Catucci—who leaned on their recent forays into live performance to inform their energy and chemistry in the studio. The result is a striking, existential record that balances the intellectual and the visceral in equal measure, a mesmerizing journey of transformation and self-discovery from an artist unafraid to share the dizzying highs and devastating lows of his personal reckonings with hope and heartbreak, trauma and resilience, religion and sexuality.

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