Release: Album Released 7th May
Singer-songwriter R Zak is to release her new album, Dialectics on 7th May, an extraordinary and hypnotic collection of tracks which bounce from electro-indie to classical to jazz to avant-garde sound collages without scarcely taking a breath.
Welcome to R Zak’s world, one which has seen her study as a classical viola player, only to find her using her instrument in everything from reggae collectives to hardcore punk bands, touring with indie group The Apple Miner Colony and opening for the likes of Buckethead and Beirut. Dialectics sees R Zak tearing sounds apart at the seams and reassembling them until they are both familiar and unsettlingly beautiful, strange and twisted sound sculptures, all married to R Zak’s zephyr-like vocals.
Having grown up in San Antonio, Texas, R Zak is now settled in Portland, Oregon, long a stronghold for artistic talent of all kinds. Living in a household where on any given day she could be exposed to classical, mariachi or nu-country music, she began playing the piano at the age of five before moving onto the viola aged nine after being encouraged by her teachers to experiment with all forms of music, not to feel rooted in just one. Completing a Bachelor’s then two Master’s degrees as a single mother, she is now a teacher herself and passes on this ethic to her own pupils:
“There’s no training or even protocol when it comes to real music making. There’s only immersion. It just becomes a physical need like the need for truth. The music simply has to come to life through you; you are just a vessel for it. Nothing else can really touch you at that point. The music gives you such strength and independence while at the same time bonding you emotionally with the entire world. It’s so mysterious!”
Dialectics is R Zak’s most extraordinary release so far – breathtakingly immersive and taking the listener on adventures through secret passageways within tracks, so that whilst you’re never certain of your eventual destination, the journey is constantly fascinating:
The title is “Dialectics” which has many meanings, depending on the context. The way I am using it, it is a reciprocal exchange between opposites, mutual sustenance, vital interaction. Every track on the album represents some kind of interaction between my own creative impulse and the art works of others.
2)The White Birds
3)Silver Slow Moving
5) Les Silhouettes
7) Atomic Elegy
8) Reading the Sunflowers in September
9) Winona’s Aria
10) Dewy Dreams
11) El Lagarto Está Llorando
12) Twilight Turns
13) Secrets That Are Not
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