The release of the first single Uncharted Territory prompted British press to feature Michele on the front page of Subba-Cultcha London who had this to say: “With Michele Ari it’s her seamless changes of direction, the genuine desire for making music she was born to. That's the moments that remind me how accomplished she really is...Intimate, confessional and bittersweet. Maybe music like hers never existed until right now - but regardless, here it is, and it sounds like something new to me."
mal a' propos
The title mal a' propos is a French word meaning "out of place" or "not fitting," which described not just Ari's journey at this time, the one that came in between her first record and her second, but Ari herself.
"These songs ring true (even if you are a guy and therefore on the wrong side of the fence) and that makes the post punk songs on this EP all the more resonant. With so much faith placed in transitory fame these days, it's a relief to encounter an artist who tells it straight. It's actually difficult to do but Ms. Ari neatly avoids the pit of angst and self pity and makes it all real for us. I've never even met her and I already like her."
85th and Nowhere
"This album fills a void in today’s top ten, infusing it with some much needed sophistication and thoughtful songcrafting."- Indie-Music.com
"This is a subtle, emotionally powerful record that is personal and addicting. Keep an eye out for this lady; she is going places." The Wig Fits All Heads, Seattle
Words Fans Use!
"NYC punk -Attitude-Enlightening-Unique-Beautiful voice-Original and honest-Passionate-Edgy-Playful-Serious-Original-Quirky-Listenable"
More from fans all over the world!
Your messages are very clear and you are very lovely. It takes a lot of courage to do what you do. HA, Boston
Such a beauty and so talented. Love your music! MS, South Carolina
Your music is fab - and, over here in London, we LOVE YOU TO BITS. David, England
You are one of the most talented songwriters and singers out there in the world today - or any day, for that matter! You have a voice, and a sound, that I could sit back and listen to you sing for hours - maybe days... hell, who really knows how long. Your voice soothes my soul and flames my passion!
First I listened to "85th and Nowhere." Then I listened your recent work. The evolution - in content, and voice, was unbelievable. I went from being blown away by what I was hearing, on the CD, to melding into the headphones and being transported to another place while listening to the mp3s.
I know you have been compared to Debbie Harry, who I knew back in her heyday as Blondie. I can tell you without any reservation, that - as good as Debbie was, and still is, she cannot hold a candle to the voice and style of Michele Ari. DF, Nashville
I get such positive vibes even with dark, edgy love stories. I love it! So many good things I could say about your emotional music. Very aesthetic, energetic and exciting! IE, Sweden
I love you more than a fat boy loves chocolate. I love your music even more than that. Anon (tho I know his identity)
With a sound that ranges from Rock ballad to Early Punk Rock, from 70s rock to modern pure liquid awesome, Michele Ari is the unsung Hero (no pun intended) of the musical industry. If you haven't heard her music, then you need to... Right now... Go on, I'll wait... GS, Nashville
Kick Ass! KC, Austin
Just downloaded Uncharted Territory ... looking forward to hearing where the muse has taken you since 85th & Nowhere. DD, Tampa
Forget mentioning you in the same sentence as Debbie Harry, you deserve your her own sentence. Keep feeling the love and keep writing...Downloaded Uncharted Territory yesterday, as I sit here this morning I'm playing it for about the 32 time!!! Once again you have cleared an ever rising bar with ease.
Delivering her unique style via The Smiths and The Jam, on Little wars and Elvis Costello on Real. Uncharted Territory is just a fantastic listen, people owe it to their ears to hear this record, I listened to 85th and no where a couple of times last night while i was working on a few bits, it melted its way in to my dreams. You were being inducted into the Rock n' roll hall of fame, you did Nevermind, then Please with Iggy Pop along side you on Vocals. needless to say it was a very cool dream with a kick arse sound track! With Admiration GG, Liverpool
I was listening to Sandy Denny. A wonderful singer like you. You deserve to be recognized JB, Devon UK
As the long lost Richey Edwards once wrote 'all we want from you are the kicks you've given us' The 'kicks' are the great songs you bring us - and all we want from you is more of the same. Uncharted Territory fits that category, thank you. Don't go changing. Purrrr BA, Europe
I love that I can hear and understand the lyrics! I love singing along and bouncing to your rhythms. JY, Turkey
Loving the music I purchased Michele! Keep up the incredible work! RH, New York
Wonderful music! QP, NY
I am very impressed ...love Uncharted Territory, and waking up listening to 6am (mal apropos)!!! I love your style. I know you have been through alot on you journey. Great job Michele! TM, Louisiana
What a great new song! High energy, superb production and yet still has Michele's own brand of poetry intact. It'll make a terrific opener for your next record. (I'm old so I can still call it a record.) Way to go, kiddo! BR, Tampa
Xoxo luv u. VG, Cali
You definitely do things your way. Very powerful and what a great voice! Lots of 'fu' in your songs but yet still somehow positive. WK, Canada
I think your music is amazing. 85th and Nowhere is an incredible album. I cant begin to tell you how much I like it! Would love to see one of your live shows one day. Take care and have a good one. DP, Texas
I heard and love your song "Nevermind." I love it! I'm a fan now . Ray, LA
Your music makes me feel connected. I find it easy to get into your messages, feel real love and empathize with each story on a deep emotional level. LO, Charlotte, NC
I've got to tell you that you've got an awesome voice. It is beautiful. Sometimes you look like an angel singing. JR, Spain
Love this! Can't wait to hear more! CH, Nashville
Your music makes me think of something that I might have heard coming from Club 57 on St. Marks Street in the East Village on a spring night in 1984. I would of course then be drawn into the club and be entranced. SR, NYC
What a great new song! High energy, superb production and yet still has Michele's own brand of poetry intact. It'll make a terrific opener for your next record. (I'm old so I can still call it a record.) Way to go, kiddo! Effervescent indie pop-punk decadence with a gloriously home-grown DIY sparcity. Michele Ari is constrained only by the shackles of a tight budget. If she was given just a fraction of the cash that's chucked at unimaginative slabs of marketing garnish like Lady Ga Ga she'd quite possibly deliver a fantastic specimen of an album - with world gripping freshness included. To ignore people like Michele in favour of hyperbolic nonsense makers is a deep psychological bruise on the ass of America's music scene. BT, England
Wow. Freakin' amazing, girl. Love all of this. The site and especially the tunes! Glad to see you have a great product out there. Best of luck (not that you need it with that talent, JW, Nashville
I cannot get Uncharted Territory out of my head! I totally love it. If the number of times I've hummed it is any measure of success, this one is a complete winner! PB, Detroit
Great music. You rock. Ur destined for great things. JT, Brooklyn
It's great to know we've still got rock solid emerging singer/songwriters out there like you! (As opposed to the 'manufactured' talents that seem to get so much air time, living almost totally on auto-tune and a big PR machine.) You're a gem with a VERY bright future ahead of you! No question about it! PS, Cincinnati