New Music: Fractures – Won’t Win

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Won’t Win is the lead track on the highly anticipated Fractures EP from Melbourne-based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Mark Zito a.k.a. Fractures. The EP has arrived somewhat against the odds, as Fractures was forced on indefinite hiatus late last year, when- in the cruellest case of life imitating art- Zito suffered a near fatal fall, fracturing his neck. However, as is often the case when an artist faces hardship, Zito used his 3 month confinement as time to write – resulting in brilliant tracks which have (unsurprisingly) been met with huge success. After releasing only 2 singles under his pseudonym, he has already garnered praise from established artists such as Chet Faker and Gotye and has also been compared to the likes of Jamie Woon and James Blake by The Guardian.

Needless to say, my expectations for Won’t Win were high – and I wasn’t disappointed. The track opens with a glitchy beat, reminiscent of Radiohead’s Everything In It’s Right Place, which is then met with Zito’s beautifully understated vocals. The lyrics verge on the poetic too, fraught with emotion and framed in an iambic metre which melts in with the song like butter in the mouth. In the final minute of the song, the track swells as a band is introduced, closing the song with a sound which perfectly reflects the build-up of emotional intensity in the lyrics. This is yet another addition Fractures’ ever-growing arsenal of stunning music.

Fractures’ self-titled EP comes out July 7th