For the better part of a year, Dia Frampton has been holed up inside her Los Angeles studio writing, recording and obsessing over every little detail of her formative debut as one half of ARCHIS. Formerly of the punk-rock outfit Meg & Dia, Frampton has been trying to shed her previous image and cut it as a serious pop songwriter. Although she placed second on the hit vocal competition, The Voice, her new pop/rock project ARCHIS is her first proper outlet for creative expression.
Alongside Joseph Trapanese, a renowned producer, composer and all around talented dude, Frampton has made the leap from the bright lights of Hollywood to the indiesphere. With Trapanese’s orchestral background and Frampton’s vocal chops, these two have conceived a formidable new pop/rock outfit with a solid collection of songs to play with. Together, these six songs form the duo’s self-titled EP as ARCHIS, making it their first milestone as a collective unit.
The EP, which we have the pleasure of premiering for you today, is a cohesive mix of bright melodies and gorgeous instrumentation that highlights both artist’s strengths, while consolidating their artistic visions. From the rolling drums of opener “Blood” to the swelling horns of “Bittersweet,” ARCHIS is a cinematic adventure and a fearless pop offering from one of the most unexpected, but promising pairings out there today. Listen to the EP in its entirety below.