Avant Electronic Pop Visionary Zilla With Her Eyes Shut Mesmerizes on ‘Whisper Whisper, Out Now via Accidental Records
Whisper Whisper is the first release from her upcoming full-length album Zilla With Her Eyes Shut.
We’re very pleased to introduce UK Avant Pop artist Zilla With Her Eyes Shut and her spellbinding new single Whisper Whisper, the first release from her upcoming full-length album Zilla With Her Eyes Shut via Accidental Records. Zilla is a classical pianist turned pop surrealist whose music coaxes the subconscious to come out and play.
Whisper whisper is a twisted fairytale of a little girl and her imaginary friend who talks to her when she plays the piano as well as during the night. The friend dares to tackle subjects that the little girl is scared to talk about, revealing a deep anger towards her father and drawing plans to kill him his sleep.
Zilla says “This story comes from the childhood trauma I went through, I started hearing whispers in my head when I was about 10, right about the time I started playing piano. It is a joyful track because the imaginary friend made me feel like I wasn’t alone and instead of acting out the violence, at least it only happened in my head as a big explosion of sounds, words and colours.”
Objects that were sampled and used on the track include an old rhum bottle, blowing through pages of a book, a big stone, a light bulb, a pillow and a hair pin.
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More about Zilla With Her Eyes Shut
Full of Parisian melancholy, bouncy leftfield dance and electronic pop, Zilla’s music is a fantasy filled with imaginary friends and monsters. This is a nocturnal tale of obsession, of relationships behind closed doors, of the secrets we hide, of a daydreamer’s take on life and the way we wish to be remembered after we die.
Recorded with renowned experimental producer Matthew Herbert, the beats on Zilla’s debut material were made by turning objects collected by Zilla into conceptual instruments. Everything has a direct relation to the stories told in the songs: listen closely and you’ll hear workers drilling outside, the tape of a space echo machine, a bunch of oyster shells and an electric toothbrush…
“Working with Matthew Herbert was an incredible opportunity,” she says. “I was always a fan of his work, especially the Roisin Murphy album. I wasn’t aware that he liked working with objects, an idea I found super-exciting but also daunting.”
Born and raised in Paris, Zilla is a singer, songwriter and producer who trained as a classical pianist at a Parisian conservatoire for 10 years before moving to London at 18. There she started writing piano-based music over hip hop beats, inspired by her favourite composers and experimental electronica. It’s a globe-trotting sound that reflects her heritage: Zilla’s mother is the Ivory Coast ambassador to Denmark, her father a chemistry professor who fled Guinea’s dictatorship in the 1970s.
“Piano taught me how to escape – whether it was home, school or the world – and find a place where I could be pure and honest with myself,” she says.
Before hooking up with Herbert, she wrote for artists like Tinie Tempah and Wretch32 with Yogi, a group of hip hop producers.
Zilla’s dark and surreal musical vision becomes clear on new self-titled full-lentth album Zilla With Her Eyes Shut, out March 13, 2020 via Accidental Records.