Photo: Mike Massaro
Words: Alison Mack
Hackney four-piece Zola Blood have a busy start to 2017 lined up, with the release of 'Islands', a cut from their upcoming debut album 'Infinite Games', as well as a January live date.
'Islands' - the follow-up to June's 'Heartbeat' - continues the band's trademark dark and brooding electronic pop, propelled by a repetitive arpeggio and staccato hand claps, before bringing in a huge synth line and soaring crescendo.
Duncan Toothill (George FitzGerald/Little Cub) provides some extra synth work and Boxed In's Oli Bayston is on mixing duties. Explaining the idea behind the lyrics, singer Matt said, "A friend of mine was telling me about an evening she spent with her boyfriend of the time, getting rained on all night in a tent and said in passing that they felt like an island. That imagery just stuck in my head. The track is about drifting off with someone, forgetting who you are or where you're supposed to be "
Zola Blood play London's Pickle Factory on January 19 2017.