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"This is our first time playing these songs acoustically," indie-pop artist Riah said a little nervously, licking her lips as she sits down to begin the opening lines of her debut single "Wildlife". But her confident, smooth-as-silk vocals belie any of those nerves as she croons, "where are you going? Where have you been?" on the opening verse to the first single she ever dropped. Visiting our studios several weeks back, this up-and-coming indie pop artist is known for her lush vocals, sleek production and poppin' hooks.

Riah played four songs for us, including "Wildlife", "Nice", and "Prom", which have all been released in the last couple of years, and each one contained its own brand of parsed-down pop goodness. "I never got to go to prom because I was home-schooled," she told Baeble, laughing, citing the reason for wanting to make a song that encapsulates a memory she doesn't have. What resulted was a bright, complex pop ballad with a hook that croons "don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' bout you". The song paints a picture not of an idealistic prom night with pink icing and seven minutes in heaven, but rather a lost love, a woman stuck in the past, trying to move forward across icy beats and even colder, strung-out synths. The music video takes place in an abandoned high school.

She even details for us what it was like growing up home-schooled with a dad who exclusively played her newer experimental pop artists. "I love Bjrk," she gushes, and the influence is clear. While Riah only has five total songs out to stream online right now, her fan base is growing fast with her fantastic collaboration with BRKLYN on "Can't Get Enough" and featured songs on television shows like Grey's Anatomy. With an infectious smile and bursting sound, this is one session you won't want to miss.

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ever done anything stripped down.
I've only played two shows, so this is the third time I've ever played these songs.
So it's kinda the first time for everything.
It's awesome to be able to hear the songs as, like, songs on their own, as opposed to with all this production, or with all this stuff surrounding it.
So it's just really cool to be able to, kind of, strip it down and, like, focus on the words and the lyrics, as opposed to, like, all the things that are going on and, like, take it back to the beginning of that.
Where are you going? Where have you been?
And I'd lose it all just to see you again
How about you and me? It's true Nobody feels like I do about you
Every time you leave oh it's just not the same
But I am never far away
I've got nothing to lose
I've got nothing to hide
But whenever you say my name I lose my mind
Oh, how about you and me? It's true Nobody feels like I do about you
Every time you leave oh it's just not the same
But I am never far away
I started playing the drums, actually, first.
And so, I'm a terrible drummer now but it was like, kind of, my intro into music.
And then, I was pretty sad being in the back just, like, doing my thing back there.
So I was like, maybe I could be a singer, but I had a terrible voice.
So I just worked super hard.
And I had a karaoke machine, so every night, I would just, like, go to my garage and sing my heart out to, like, Dido.
I grew up...so, my dad's definitely a little unordinary, so he made me listen to like, a lot of Björk and Portishead when I was a kid.
So those were like, the only two people I'd ever listened to as a child.
So Björk is like, my number one, always forever.
I know she's crazy.
I love it.
What? in Brooklyn Heights.
- She does? - You should go right over there.
- Okay, we're going.
We're going to go knock on her door right now.
She's my queen.
That's amazing.
Now I can't focus.
Maybe she's watching this.
I am impossible to love
I lose my cool way too much
I pray you'll find me every time
I call you up Over and over
We fall in love and we go to war Do I even know you?
'Cause you talk in code And you keep the score
But I could've told you That love ain't enough for us anymore
Over and over Over and over
You are impossible to trust
You pull me in and you tear me up
The mistakes we make come back every time
I call you up Over and over
We fall in love and we go to war Do I even know you?
'Cause you talk in code And you keep the score
But I could've told you That love ain't enough for us anymore
Over and over Over and over
Will I ever learn? If only I knew
Baby, it's useless To be hung up on you
I'm coming to terms Facing the truth
I know that I'm stupid When it comes to you
'Cause you are impossible to trust
And over and over
We fall in love and we go to war Do I even know you?
'Cause you talk in code And you keep the score
But I could've told you That love ain't enough for us anymore
Over and over Over and over
Over and over I find my way back at your door
Can't get over each other
'Cause we've said goodbye But we've said it before
And I could've told you That love ain't enough for us anymore
Over and over Over and over
So we put out our...the first single I think, like, two years ago now.
And it was really with no intention of releasing more.
I guess, maybe a secret intention of releasing more, but I didn't know where it would go.
And so, I think it was like a year later that I released the next one.
And then there's been significant amounts of time in-between each one.
And so, I think that's part of just like, finding out who I am and the next, like, voice that I want to have and the next, like, moment I want to have as an artist.
When I released, the first thing I ever did when I was younger, I think I was like, seventeen, I didn't have that, I didn't have any streaming services.
There was really nowhere to put your music except for, like, making some sort of physical thing.
So to be able to have the capability to just, like, throw it on the Internet at the time that you want to, and to be able to get immediate feedback, I think is so incredible.
So I think it's just kind of changed the game for artists and for people to be able to express themselves and put their music out there.
You made a home in my head
And everything that you do Stopped making sense
You got your way in the end
And everything that you do is effortless
I tried everything to get Over it
I spent every night awake Playing it over again
Even though I can't escape It was nice to see you again
Again, again, again
And all the things that you said I wanted to prove that you
Could do what you wanted to
And all the time that I spent Trying to prove to you
Watching every move
I tried everything to get Over it
I spent every night awake Playing it over again
Even though I can't escape It was nice to see you again
Again, again
Again, again, again
Again, again, again
Again, again
I tried everything to get Over it
I spent every night awake Playing it over again
Even though I can't escape It was nice to see you again
Again, again
I've never been to prom before because I was homeschooled.
And so, I wanted to write a song that, kind of, like, sounded like prom.
The lyrics aren't necessarily about prom but it definitely sounds like it to me.
It's basically just like another dimension thing and there's three of me.
And it's, like, really crazy and trippy.
But it's basically, kind of, these three different people in this, sort of, like, old abandoned high school.
- Did you get to go to the prom that you never had? - I did.
But there is no one there.
So it doesn't really... doesn't really help that memory that I don't have. So... I'm havin' that dream again And I can't wake up from it
Will you come back from wherever you've been?
Ah-ooh
I'm in over my head And I can't get over it
Playing back everything you did
Ah-ooh
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Keep movin' on but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
And if I could see you again And If I could make you forget
If time could erase everything that I said
Ah-ooh
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Keep movin' on but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Keep movin' on but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
I don't wanna fall, I can't help it if I do
Don't wanna call, but I'm thinkin' about you
Don't wanna fall back in love with you Don't wanna call, can't help it if I do
I don't wanna fall, I can't help it if I do
Don't wanna call, but I'm thinkin' about you
Don't wanna fall back in love with you
Don't wanna call, can't help it if I do
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Keep movin' on but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Keep movin' on but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Don't wanna call but I'm thinkin' 'bout you
Can't help it if I do
Hey this is Riah, and you're watching Baeble Music.
- Cut.
- Sweet.

Artist Bio

After releasing her first two singles, Wildlife and Nightmare in 2016, Riah quickly found tastemakers taking notice. A collaboration with BRKLYN, Cant Get Enough, found its way onto Spotifys New Music Friday playlist, with Wildlife featured on both the Indie Pop and New Music Friday UK list. With the 2017 release of the single, Nice, Riah has racked up over four million Spotify streams thus far. In addition, her years of songwriting have landed placements on TV shows such as GREYS ANATOMY.

After years of cultivating her sound and becoming a powerful live performer, Riah is ready to bring her unique and unforgettable vocals to the indie pop realm with the release of her fourth single and accompanying music video, PROM, on Friday, February 9th. That same night, she will take the stage at LAs Peppermint Club.

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