Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Is Ria The One?

One of the more obscure entries in my Best Singles of 2011 countdown belonged to a Kiwi diva called Ria. While there's no denying that "Over You" sounds like a track from Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad, the #27 New Zealand chart smash has a raw and uplifting quality that raises it above simple clone status. I've been dying to hear what the former girlband member - she was part of an outfit called Vivah - does next and her follow-up single is just as much fun. "The One", not a Kylie cover, is cute little dance-pop gem that positions Ria as the Kiwi Jessica Mauboy. And I mean that as a huge compliment. New Zealand has a history of producing great female folk-pop singers (Bic Runga, Brooke Fraser, Kimbra etc) but they don't do dance particularly well, so this girl is something of a pioneer. Fingers crossed it works because I really want an album! Check out the cute clip, which finds Ria hanging with her homeboys, and download the song from Australian iTunes now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She looks like emily williams but good song