Aerial East isn’t a stage-name. “My Mom wanted to name me Ariel but didn’t know how to spell it. So she looked it up in the dictionary.”
After graduating High School in Abilene, Texas, East followed her best friend to New York City. Despite waitressing at Olive Garden in Times Square, she quickly fell into a scene of musicians that included Sharon Van Etten, Here We Go Magic, Reggie Watts, and Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches. She has worked with both Luke Temple, of Here We Go Magic, on an unfinished album, and Adam Green in his experimental film, Adam Green’s ALADDIN.
East’s dizzyingly ambitious debut album, Rooms, is as unpredictable and undefinable as her name. With its classic vocal style, vintage melodies, and full orchestral arrangements, Rooms sounds like the lost huge-budget opus of a forgotten 1960’s pop genius. It begs the question: who is Aerial East and how did she manage to make this huge, eccentric album?
She is currently collaborating with Maxim Moston on a new body of work, Portraits, for string quartet and voice. The work is based on memoirs from her teenage years in Texas.