ZapatillaIn electronic, Pop
DEBUT EP OUT NOW
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Attempt to find a convenient musical pigeon-hole for Zapatilla and you’ll find him slipping from your grasp and zig-zagging in unexpected yet compelling directions.
His transcendent debut EP comprises two ambitious, shapeshifting tracks. Initially, opener Crumbling Down suggests a dance-floor focused blueprint, before its arrangement of percussion and classical instruments come into focus around the 3 minute mark, the result is a steadfastly organic and emotional opus. Its sister track Thumb Piano is a more abstract affair, with its eclectic instrumentation anchored to a palette of synths and electronica.
A multi instrumentalist, Zapatilla originally wrote with other vocalists in mind. But realizing that his own rendering best embodied his material he stuck with the original guide vocals. The resulting tracks are characterized by his warm yet distinctive voice and a dizzying array of instrumentation, enhanced by the final mixes from Nathan Boddy (James Blake/Shame).
Via his world travels and collaborations with numerous artists, Zapatilla has accrued a wealth of experience, influences and a stock pile of varied and unusual instruments. It’s a varied CV and includes his role as bass player in the acclaimed Owiny Sigoma Band and, along with Tom Skinner, composing the score for Swedish Film ‘The Real Estate’ a nominee for Best Film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
But it is the cello that has become the bedrock and inspiration for much of Zapatilla’s recent musical output. He’s played since the age of 5 but only returned to it recently and it’s proved an unexpectedly rewarding experience.
This hybrid of influences has resulted in a spine-tingling alchemy that on paper shouldn’t work. But Zapatilla’s natural instinct for melody, innovative arrangements and musical ability, make this one of the most musically adept and intriguing artists set to emerge this year.