Zosia Reflects On Our Controversial Relationship With Change In “Matter”


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LA-based artist Zosia reflects on the ambiguous relationship that humanity has with change in new single “Matter.” With a chest-swelling darkness, “Matter” crafts an expansive atmosphere drenched with the echoes of Zosia’s silvery vocals that wraps your brain. It’s a song that carves deeper into our inner psyche where the gal taps into topics – that we often avoid addressing – of our own nature that is going against our environment:

On her new single, Zosia shared:

“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

There was a time when I was convinced the world would spin off its orbit at any moment. How could it still be following such fragile patterns after all these years? I had nightmares about this annihilation, and I was soon consumed by the fact that everything that brings us comfort and joy could be ripped away without notice. Not to mention we are contributing to the chances of our own destruction by harming the Earth.

‘Matter’ was a result of these logical yet often useless anxieties. I didn’t realize that by pairing my morbid concepts with a relatively upbeat chorus melody, I began to reexamine my fears. No, we can’t prevent ending, but we can choose to embrace the beauty of life’s ephemeral nature.

I wanted to add an organic element among the electronic production, so I asked violinist Hanna Helgegren to record a line for the end. Strings really resonate with me because they can sound both tragic and uplifting at the same time, a contradiction that exists in many of my songs.

There have been a number of producers involved in this project because ‘Matter’ has gone through many transformations. The chorus stemmed from a session with a pair of producers by the name of Caswell. I then worked on a full version with Stephen Lukach who produced ‘Water.’ Producer/mixer Leggy Langdon then helped reshape the structure and some of the beats. At that point I realized some of the chords didn’t fit, so I worked with James Gordon (producer of ‘Overthrown’) to flesh out the new elements. The process took about four years so I’m excited to finally be able to share the finished product.”

Be on the lookout for more drops from Zosia in the upcoming months.