Arthur Yoria

About

Nomadic Americana musician Arthur Yoria has made a name for himself across the United States and internationally as a one-man band troubadour. Although a Chicago native, Yoria has lived in Austin, Dallas, Brooklyn, California and Colorado; has toured extensively in Colombia, England and Italy; and has been based in Houston for the past two years. After stints in the Houston-based bands The Jeepneys and Lavendula, Yoria released a solo four-song, self-titled EP in 2001, followed by a five-song EP, “Can You Still Look Adorable” in 2002. He has since released other EPs in English and in Spanish as well as three LPs. His most recent releases include his 2015 single “Ruff Life” and his 2016 single “Safe.” Yoria’s sound is best described as new wave indie-Americana enhanced by his combination guitar, vocals, harmonica, beats and keys which gives him the unforgettable sound of a one-manband.

“Arthur Yoria quickly established himself as one of the Houston area's most interesting musicians”, says David A. Cobb of the Houston Press. “His tales of lovelorn angst set against melodic pop made for an infectious combination that drew fans worldwide, and his live shows whether full-band powerhouses, stripped-down, electronic-backed performances or simple acoustic-guitar sets, practicallymadehimahouseholdnameamonglocalmusicfans.”

Now in 2017, Yoria is unveiling a new single “Wishlist” from his upcoming record, set to be released in Feb. 2018. Having drawn inspiration from the likes of Cornelius, The Beach Boys and Hank Williams, the record touches on topics such as dealing with depression, making music for a living and then not making music for a living. Although some of the topics may be heavy, Yoria has put a positive spin on his new project as a whole and hopes it will inspire his fans. “Wishlist” delves into the process of an experienced artist getting “out of his own head” and coming to terms with the mental andemotionalhardshipsofbeinganartist.

The record will be released on Splice Records and was recorded at Sugar Hill Studios in Houston and produced by Kelly Doyle (of Robert Ellis’ band) and engineered by the legendary Steve Christensen. The project features Tank Lisenbe on drums, Geoffrey Muller on bass and Will Van Horn on pedal steel. Most of the collaborators on the record are from Robert Ellis’ band and Yoria proclaims that with the pure chemistry between this group of talented musicians, they could easily becomea“wreckingcrew”intheHoustonmusicscene.