ARO, the musical project of Aimée Osbourne (Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon’s eldest daughter), has released its first new song in four years. “Shared Something With The Night” is a heavy track with metal guitars, haunting orchestral strings and airy coffeehouse vocals.
The video, which premiered on Rolling Stone Thursday (23), finds Osbourne wistfully singing while looking out of a church window as her masked band plays in a dark room.
Says Osbourne of the song,
“The song is like a My Bloody Valentine lullaby for the romantically tormented that struggle to sleep at night. I wrote it when I was living in New York and feeling pretty alone and lost. I hadn’t fully connected with who I really was and what that meant yet. Hung up on the outcome of someone else’s approval of me to determine my own self-worth. This weird little song was an outlet for a lot of uncomfortability at the time.”
Talking about how parts of the song were inspired by something her writing partner Jack Dragonetti showed her, she continues,:
“[He] had an idea to play the string sample we used backward. As soon as I heard it, it was instant. I just immediately came up with the lyrics and melody. Writing is kind of like channeling for me, I never know what’s going to happen or what the track will sound like or what strange sound or sample or chord will resonate. It’s usually a very surprising, cathartic and fun experience.”
“Shared Something With The Night” is the first single from ARO’s upcoming debut album, Vacare Adamaré. No official release date has been announced for the album, though Osbourne has said that she will be releasing it in “EP-like chapters, built around videos for each song.”
ARO has pretty much been silent for the last few years. The band has only released two original singles, 2015 viral hit “Raining Gold” and 2016’s “Cocaine Style.”
“As I grow as a person, so does the music I write,” says Osbourne about the music on Vacare Adamaré. “I have been in a really great place creatively and personally which helps. I am forever interested and drawn to the unusual and love to combine genres. I definitely surprised myself with some of these new tracks. It was pretty exciting to be able to explore parts of myself creatively I didn’t realize were there. Literally, all I want to do is write and experiment, so I am very much looking forward to continuing to do that with some incredible people.”
Osbourne also highlighted to Rolling Stone what an ARO show might look like when live music begins again.
“I want the live show to feel like you’re on the haunted mansion ride at Disneyland, with a little Studio 54, a touch of vaudeville and a lot of Blade Runner. It will be ghostly and poetic with some neon and hypnotic laser lights to captivate all the senses.”
To many, Aimée is still known as the daughter who opted out of father Ozzy’s MTV reality show, The Osbournes, choosing instead to move out and lay low. In a 2008 Independent interview, she said it was because she wanted to be a singer and not be “typecast.” She elaborated to Rolling Stone in 2015, “I don’t think I will ever cross-contaminate my private life and my family life with my public and professional worlds. For me, nothing’s more important than having a very clear boundary between the two. That’s just part of who I am.”
You can check out the video for “Shared Something With The Night” below: