THE KID // ZOLA

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Photography: Stella Kudritzki

ZOLA’S ETHEREAL BLEND OF INDIE AND POP IS GRADUALLY UNDERSTOOD IN HER NEW EP, “THE KID.” THE INDEPENDENT ARTIST EMPLOYS A VARIETY OF STYLES TO PORTRAY THE ROLLERCOASTER OF EMOTIONS AND EXPERIENCES SHE GENTLY SHARES WITH HER AUDIENCES. THERE IS A STRENGTH IN HER SOFT VOCALS, EFFORTLESS SONIC MIXTURES OF GENRES THAT ALLOW HER TO STAND OUT AS A CROWD OF ONE. 

THERE IS A GRACEFUL, EASY LISTENING FEELING AS ZOLA EASES FROM SLOWER TRACKS LIKE “AFTER WINTER,” TO MORE INTENSE, EXPERIMENTAL-SOUNDING TRACKS LIKE “OLD STUFF.” THE FIVE-TRACK PROJECT ALLOWS A WINDOW INTO THE SOUL AND ARTISTRY OF THIS UP-AND-COMING ARTIST. 

A NATIVE OF SAN FRANCISCO, ZOLA’S R&B UNDERTONES SHINE THROUGH HER THEMES OF SEXUALITY, COMING-OF-AGE, AND THE CONSISTENT FIGHT FOR NATURAL-SEEMING-CONFIDENCE AMONG INSECURITY AND RELATIONSHIPS. THERE IS A BALANCE OF VULNERABILITY THAT SOARS IN THE MELODIES THAT ENCOURAGES AUDIENCES TO FEEL ALONGSIDE THE ARTIST AS HER SONGWRITING STINGS THE HEART. THE ELECTRONIC-BASED PRODUCTION GIVES THE BEATS A SIMPLICITY THAT UPLIFTS THE PURPOSE OF THE MESSAGING. ZOLA’S ARTISTRY IS COMPLEMENTED BY THE VISUAL COMPONENT OF HER SOUND, GIVING A SOFTNESS TO HER CONTRADICTING EDGY ATTITUDE. 

ZOLA BEST EXPRESSES THE DEPTH AND JUXTAPOSITION OF PURE HUMANITY IN THE TRACK, “GLITTER AND THE GOLD.” SHE SINGS, “SOMETIMES I’M NOT SOCIAL / AND I’M SHY IN FRONT OF MIRRORS / AND I DON’T LIKE BEING ASKED / TO TALK ABOUT MYSELF / SOME MAY THINK THAT’S HUMBLE / BUT YOU MAY THINK ITS WEAK / IF I WANT TO MAKE IT SOMEWHERE / GOTTA LEARN TO SELL MY ART / BUT MY ART IS ME / AND I’M A FRAGILE BEING.” IN HER SONGWRITING, ZOLA COMPLIMENTS HER SOUND WITH A SWEET VOCAL TONE THAT BRINGS EMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING TO HER THOUGHTFUL INQUISITIONS. 

ZOLA’S ENTIRE PROJECT IS A COHESIVE EFFORT TO FIND A SINGULAR PRESENCE AMONGST THE INDIE-POP RHYTHM SHE LOYALLY CURATES. “THE KID” IS AN INTRIGUING INTRODUCTION TO ZOLA AS AN EMERGING ARTIST. THE KID IS JUST GETTING STARTED.