Malena Zavala releases debut album ‘Aliso’
Through Yucatan Records – listen in full here
London launch 9th May Bermondsey Social Club
Malena Zavala ~ Aliso
(snapshot on soundcloud link below)
““Gently warped and beguilingly melancholy guitar pop”” – Guardian ★ ★ ★ ★
“Ideal for lazy summer days…her dreamy vocals cast a Sade-style spell. Bewitching” – Sunday Times Culture
“”Could You Stay” soars over a dreamlike soundscape, each syllable lingering, seemingly suspended in time” – NPR
Malena Zavala‘s debut album ‘Aliso’ was released last Friday (the 13th) to critical claim, 4★ in Friday’s Guardian and a glowing review in yesterday’s Sunday Times.
It’s been a short journey from last years debut singles ‘Should I Try’ and ‘If It Goes’, but a significant one, as critics start to back the Argentine born, London based artist, producer and filmmaker.
Fusing Latin rhythms with her dulcet vocals, Malena Zavala has announced herself as a vital new voice unshackled from the conventions of indie rock and new follow up cut ‘Could You Stay’ made its mark earlier this year with the announcement of debut album ‘Aliso’. By the time final preview single ‘A Vision That’s Changed‘ dropped, Stereogum, NPR, Nylon, Wonderland, The Line of Best Fit and The Guardian were showing support. ‘Aliso’ was ready to immerse “listeners in lush lullabyes and sweetly haunting tapestries of sound that blur the lines between fantasy and reality” (Atwood).
Born into a family of creatives, Malena draws inspiration from the women in her family and small town in the north of Argentina; from the strong Latino character of her Mother honoured in If It Goes, to her maverick Grandmother who in particular encourages a free-thinking approach.
Malena was in a band with her brother for five years before he took an opportunity to move to California, a life dream of his. Whilst in the UK, he was a strong musical influence as an older sibling, and would educate her in his music taste, instrumentation technique, songwriting and recording styles. Losing her mentor, although hard at first, was a vital step for her to step out of the shadows. She holed herself up in his house in Aliso Viejo, California and in a surge of energy and desire to prove herself, wrote most of her first LP in a couple of weeks – within 6 months she had recorded, produced, mixed* (with Gareth Jones*), completed all the art, visuals and videos.
Aliso is a kaleidoscopic patchwork of ideas. It concerns itself largely with themes of cultural identity, self-doubt, acceptance, artistic freedom, miscommunication between cultures, and relationships. It’s all set to a backdrop of liquid psych rock and dream pop that draws influence and inspiration from Beach House, Tame Impala, Blake Mills and Devendra Banhart.
This year is looking pivotal for Malena Zavala as she arrives already at the cream of the new crop of unparalleled indie artists. ‘Aliso’ is building into a true success story, but one that’s right at its beginning. With much more discovery to be done this year, sets at The Great Escape, Dot To Dot, Latitude and Sound City (and more) will only build in anticipation.
Aliso is out now through Yucatan Records and will be launched on the 9th of May at Bermondsey Social Club – Tickets will be on www.yucatanrecords.com/malena-zavala
Listen to Aliso: http://radi.al/Aliso
Malena Zavala Live
17/04 London, Sebright arms supporting Fil Bo Riva
18/04 London, Omeara supporting Kawala
05/05 Liverpool, Sound City
06/05 Newcastle, Hit The North
09/05 London, Bermondsey Social club
17/07 Brighton, The Great Escape
18/08 Brighton, The Great Escape
25/05 Dot To Dot – Manchester
26/05 Dot To Dot – Bristol
27/05 Dot To Dot – Nottingham
14/07 Latitude Festival
1. Intro Song
2. If It Goes
3. Moon Song
4. Broken By Two
6. Should I Try
7. Could You Stay
8. A Vision That’s Changed
9. Send Out To The Water
10. I Never Said It