‘Knot In My Heart’ taken from the album ‘Ancient Mars’ which is due for release on 3rd December. This will be second album from alternative two piece band from Canada The Zolas. They are Zach Gray on vocals and guitar and Tom Dobrzanski on piano. Their first album ’Tic Toc Tic’ gave them an almost overnight cult status in 2009 owing to a very loyal set of fans from their days with Indie Rock band Lotus Child. They have also released a split 7” single with Winnipeg (That’s in Canada) local lads The Liptonians entitled ‘Cultured Man’ which was very well received in their homeland.
It’s an interesting song, and the piano really adds depth to their sound giving it a gravitas that it might not have achieved otherwise. I quite like the play on words with their chorus and lyrically it is very well thought out without becoming overly sugary or sentimental. The guitar work is excellent and blends will with the piano. They have managed to maintain their Indie roots whilst still moving off into a whole new direction with overtones of pop and a little easy listening thrown in for good measure and it balances out very nicely. 7.5/10