London based duo ZELAH release sultry new single “Closer”, a dramatic ode to modern dating culture.
ZELAH have established themselves as ones to watch within the London indie-pop scene, having already supported the likes of Ásgeir live and grabbing the attention of various Spotify editorial playlists. The duo met by chance in the South West of England, and upon discovering musical chemistry together, made haste towards a life in London. Inspired by the likes of BANKS, London Grammar and Lorde, ZELAH have carved out a beautiful niche for themselves in their most recent releases.
On “Closer”, the band’s songwriter Zelah Van-Gowler notes an element of nostalgia – upon first moving to London, “Closer” is one of the first songs the duo played live together. It’s clear to hear that plenty of love has been poured into the making of this release, defining their bold, no-frills indie-pop sound, and expressing Van-Gowler’s expert lyricism.
The song plays with the subject of the modern dating scene, how fickle and cold it may feel at times, but maintains an air of excitement around the early stages of new relationships. Just as glum pianos and deep, warbling synths lead us through the first verse, shimmering and sweeping pads along with a jangling electric guitar burst through the soundscape around one minute into the song for a slow-burning, sultry overtone – the contrast between these perhaps representing the dichotomy of mundane app swiping versus the glimmering hope of a successful first date.
However you interpret this song, you will be gripped. ZELAH are certainly onto something wonderful. Be sure to tune into a very special livestream gig on their Facebook on April 30th…