Taking cues from bands like Tool, A Perfect Circle, and 10 Years, Nathan Johnson’s Loya uses some killer guitar work with some organic-infused programming to make a one-man atmospheric rock project. On the new album from Loya, “Aimovoria” Johnson shows off composition writing and production that should earn him high praise.
The soundscapes on Aimovoria are outstanding. Every song is a journey and Johnson’s guitar is your guide. He does a great job of turning riffs and guitar parts and compiling them with programming to create a downpour of sounds. The production values across the board with the instrumentation are outstanding. From the first track to the last track on this album, the music created here is something to admire. Every song does an incredible amount of things. For a fan of the genre, I can't say enough about how much fun it is to listen through this. Every time through you hear something new.
If I wanted to nitpick an area of improvement for Loya, it's that vocally, it’s not quite as good as it could be. Don't get me wrong, there are some flashes of brilliance here, but tThere are some verse parts that fall short of their potential just because they don’t hit the vibe quite right. Vocally it’s good, not amazing. Johnson is still growing in that area. That said, the music is the main focus here and the vocal never detracts from that.
Aimovoria will catch your attention with some awesome production and Johnson’s ability to write a rock composition that’s unmatched on the independent level. He might be an act that doesn't tour, but with music like this Loya can prove it's worth in other ways.