Joey Arias falls under the spell of Your Science (Better Half) in his soulfully spellbinding single and weirdly moving animated video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The lead single from the veteran N.Y.C. artist’s new debut album Past Present Future, Your Science (Better Half) is a futuristic AI-love ballad starring Joey»s raspy, authoritative vocals. An epic work, the song ventures into the realm of cinematic pop, with distinct jazz undertones that encapsulate Joey’s individuality and artistry.
Your Science (Better Half) is emblematic of Past Present Future. Inviting comparison to artists like Sade, Phil Collins, Lana Del Rey and Billie Holiday, the album was produced by Beige Records NYC and features contributions by labelmates J. Hoard and Paul Babe. Most tracks were conceived during the pandemic in a three-week session at the legendary yet off-the-grid Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota (Nirvana, Soul Asylum, PJ Harvey).
A legendary provocateur and trailblazer of New York performance art and drag, Arias is a master of redefining artistic boundaries. From Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity to his X-rated puppet show Arias With A Twist, to paving the way for RuPaul and the cultural acceptance of drag, Joey revels in his underground status and ability to, in his words, “go sideways.” After suffering huge personal loss and overcoming addiction, Arias is stepping back into the spotlight with a record that reflects on his life while looking toward.
Past Present Future reimagines several songs from Joey’s past, including Up Last Night, originally an upbeat tune from the time when Joey was pitched as a 15-year-old heartthrob in the band Purlie. The current version forsakes teen-pop for unexpected, ominous fare; as he darkly growls, “You better eat your spinach, baby,” one gets the sense there is more than double entendre in this advice.