- 04 Aug 22
Genre-wise an eclectic mixed bag; Zapho (Ele Breslin) draws from pop, alternative, soul, and indie influences, creating a unique sound that is truly her own.
The vibrant new cut is taken from her upcoming album, due for release in full later this year. 'Big Song Blue' is brimming with soulful vocals and filled with melancholy emotions.
Dubbed the ‘birth of the sound of Zapho’; 'Big Song Blue' showcases a blend of singer-songwriter, soul, electronic, dream pop elements while retaining Zapho’s standout flair.
"When will you love yourself like I do?" she croons in the opening lines. Combining dark, atmospheric synths with silky, smoky vocal power; it's certainly compelling.
"‘Big Song Blue’ was when the Zapho genre was born," the singer-songwriter declares. "Where weird and wonderful merge. Musically we were brave enough to throw our common sense out the window and write from our gut. It was the first time I had blended genres and the first time I had written a song that had a semi evil and tumultuous concept. I remember playing the chords on my old piano, it was so dark and sinister and tragic, a bad romance of sorts. Bonnie and Clyde - or in my case Bonnie and Claudine."
Landing radio airplay and Spotify editorial playlists slots on New Music Friday, Alternative Ireland, A Breath of Fresh Éire, Rainbow and more - the emerging alt-pop artist has garnered a supportive fanbase and praise from tastemakers nationwide. The Dublin-based musicain delivered a captivating performance at All Together Now last weekend.
Infectious hooks, driving beats, rich electro soundscapes all wrapped up in her memorable alt-pop sound, Zapho has been impressing the industry since her launch in 2018.
The time is right for Zapho to release this 10-track debut album to the world, featuring collaborations with Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Celaviedmai and producer Steven McCann (aka Rvstless).
Zapho effortlessly infuses LGBTQ+ themes and female-focused narratives, crossing genres and push musical boundaries with catchy melodies.
With past experiences acting as tour support for Cathy Davey, as well as playing in her band, Zapho was awarded First Music Contact recording stimulus and the Arts Council Agility Award in 2021 in order to pursue releasing her debut album. Her upcoming body of work is compiled of coming-of-age experiences and identity discovery.
Listen to 'Big Song Blue' below.