Zella Day EP Review

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Zella Day EP Review

Zella Day's self-titled EP.

Zella Day's self-titled EP.

Zella Day's self-titled EP.

Zella Day's self-titled EP.

Addy Stupin, Senior Staff Writer

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I first learned of Zella Day through her friendship with musician Nahko Bear, whom I referenced in my earlier article Conscious Music. On Instagram, Bear has posted photos of the two performing and on Facebook he has referenced her. Naturally, I assumed she had a similar style, including a reggae influence. I was pleasantly surprised upon hearing her music for the first time. She has been described as a  “happier Lana Del Rey.”

Recently, Zella Day’s single “Hypnotic” was the ITunes single of the week, heightening her recognition. Her EP was released earlier this year and features four songs, “Hypnotic,” “Sweet Ophelia,” “Compass,” and “East of Eden.” Day’s music is in a word, “dreamy.” She has a beautiful voice and an impressive range, which she uses to create haunting music.

“Hypnotic” begins with the melody of the “The Streets of Cairo, or the Poor Little Country Maid” alternatively known as “the snake charmer song,” or to some, as a playground chant. After the classic beginning, Day goes on to sing a breathy and catchy song, short and sure to be a favorite.

“Sweet Ophelia” also has a strong beginning, starting with a simple but effective beat “Sweet Ophelia” is characterized by the ethereal “Ahhs” Day belts out throughout the song. The background melodies are especially notable, with an entrancing percussion featured at times.

“Compass” is more slowed down than the other the songs, but no less impressive. Day’s high register is highlighted by this song. The piano background, along with Day’s high and evocative voice, sets a more melancholy tone.

Lastly is “East of Eden” and my personal favorite of the EP. Immediately, a foot-tapping and appealing tune is set. However, not long after this is contrasted by a sudden drop and Day’s stirring melodies, which captivate the listener. Bells also ring throughout the song.

Overall, I found Zella Day’s EP incredibly satisfying and impressive and would recommend her music to anyone who enjoys pop, alternative, electronic, or even folk music, as her music is very dynamic. Her music is comparable to that of Alpine, Emma Louise, Lana del Rey, Florence + The Machine, Mikky Ekko, and Goldfrapp.

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