On Zula's debut album, This Hopeful, the New York-based four-piece showcases a refreshing, forward-thinking approach to psychedelic pop music. The songs weave melody through interlocking, hypnotic rhythms -- suspended spaces designed to disrupt the usual flow of time. Although Zula formed in late 2010, the musical kinship of cousins Henry and Nate Terepka (both on vocals, guitar, and synths) first developed through countless family jam sessions during the holidays. With a lineup now rounded out by Mike Lawless (bass) and Pablo Eluchans (drums), the band takes inspiration from 90's UK indie-dance, krautrock, and funk.
Zula's focus on suspension is also apparent in their lyrics. The songs on This Hopeful deal with standing in between lives, in between relationships; being in a state of calm and stillness within tumultuous and anxious times. Many of these tracks find meaning in love, especially when things seem uncertain.
The band has built a reputation for their blissed-out live show and for constantly pushing their heavily rhythmic sound. They have been known to deliver entire sets of never-before-played material. This restless creativity is apparent on This Hopeful, which sounds raw and spontaneous, yet meticulously detailed. It is a record with effortless flow and pulse, but enticing depth. For zoning in or out.
"This Hopeful" Track Listing:
1. Lot Less
2. This Hopeful
4. Subway Safari
5. Sullen Crackle
7. And More Business
8. Look For Tomorrow
9. Twin Loss
Tour Dates With Starlight Girls:
Sep 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Milk Boy
Sep 20 - Baltimore, - The Crown
Sep 21 - Washington, DC - The Lot
Sep 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
Sep 23 - Harrisburg, PA - The Makespace
Sep 27 - Boston, MA - House Show
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