by James Conway
Despite the name, it’s highly unlikely that Canadian duo The Zola’s are big fans of former Chelsea FC mini-wizard Gianfranco Zola, for their minimalist postmodern pop numbers are far more suited to hipster haunted nightspots than macho football stadiums. That said, they approach music with a degree of the same ingenuity the Italian Master bought to the beautiful game; namely a desire to stay ahead of the curve and show off a few new tricks while they’re at it.
Updating their style after the more glitzy “Tic Toc Tic”, ‘Knot in my Heart’ combines slightly out of time piano with urgent percussion and a strong vocal hook from Zach Gray. The stripped down style works well with the instruments demonstrating flair yet never compromising the rigid structure of the song itself.
“Ancient Mars”, the new album, is crammed full of leftfield melodic ditties like ‘Knot in My Heart’ and drops soon on Light Organ Records. For those unable to wait, October will see the release of a 7” split single with Winnipeg’s The Liptonians, called ‘Cultured Man.’ Described as a “quixotic snack between the two full-length albums”, this tasty sounding morsel should hopefully tide over those itching to see The Zolas in action once more.