Review: Zola Blood – ‘Play Out’


Zola Blood combine vintage synthesisers and liquid gold vocals for a dreamy track.

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Hackney four-piece Zola Blood’s latest release is the first part of a two track EP, following the release of their debut EP, Meridian, in 2014.

‘Play Out’ begins with a solitary percussion rhythm a blossoms into layers of tumbling synth, created with a room full of vintage synthesisers. Matt West’s velvety vocals that accompany the track’s undercurrent distinctly echo Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, but with less of the melancholy emitted by the band’s work. The track slowly creeps towards a climax that never really arrives, as listeners are seamlessly guided through its verses. There’s something a little empty about ‘Play Out’ fading out to its name at its end.

Zola Blood combine chilled out and effortlessly cool electronic work on ‘Play Out’. The track flows like liquid gold and steps away from the expected oscillation between verse and chorus. It’s refreshingly dreamy.

‘Play Out’ will be released on Friday 4th September via Pond Life Songs.


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