New Music Critique: Zola Simone

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Web: zolasimonemusic.com

Seeking: Label
Style: Indie-Pop

There’s definitely something intriguing about this young, Boston-based artist. Yes, her “Harvard Sq.” is an artfully raw, lo-fi, bedroom recording that’s a dead ringer for Billie Eilish. But when Simone gets to “Iridescent” you realize she has a style and persona all her own. The catchy, acoustic pop-centric song is her most mainstream piece of work. Equally intriguing is the atmospheric “A Year In My Room,” whose churning synthesizer, brash guitar tones, and subtle electro touches combine to set the mood for a song whose observations are both sad and optimistic, one that looks back at the pandemic year. All in all, Zola Simone has more work to do, but she clearly has the goods to get it done.