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Review: Zoya, “The Girl Who Used to Live In My Room”

1 Comment 9 August 2015

Review: Zoya, “The Girl Who Used to Live In My Room”

“Zoya’s music is soulful, compelling and ultimately uncommon; The Girl Who Used to Live in My Room is a celebration of global influences and successfully finds a recipe for fusion that works.”

Artist: Zoya

Album: The Girl Who Used to Live in My Room

Genre: Folk Fusion

RIYL: Laura Marling, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Ani DiFranco

Zoya - The Girl Who Use to Live in My Room

To call Zoya’s musical style “eclectic” feels appropriate, if not a slight understatement. Perhaps worldly, and sometimes other-worldly, captures her spirited jazz-influenced sometimes spoken singing style. California-based Zoya Mohan brings her new album The Girl Who Used to Live in My Room to life broadening our listening experience with a marriage of a multitude of global and jazzy influences.

But don’t think you’re going to get the standard world beat fare with this record. Zoya operates more in the vein of Laura Marling, Fiona Apply and Ani DiFranco at times marching to her own time and finding an interesting spin of the musical wheel in nearly every track. “What’s Done is Done” is a great cold opener for those listening to Zoya for the first time; it’s edgy, brief, and let’s listeners know they’re about to hear something really unique. “Her Belly” is full of interesting musical moments, featuring a playful vocal from Zoya and great infusion of instrumentation.

“Catch and Release” is a lovely tune, fairly straightforward in its delivery compared to the other tunes here, but shines with layered vocals and subtle instrumentation additions. The provocative “Come Out and Play” is great fun to listen to, and shows off another side to Zoya’s vocal work, which is highly alluring on this track. And those vocals, they pierce through on the title track in particular, another intriguing and delightful tune that takes a few twists and turns off the beaten track.

Zoya’s music is soulful, compelling and ultimately uncommon; The Girl Who Used to Live in My Room is a celebration of global influences and successfully finds a recipe for fusion that works. Her vocals are peculiar in the best way possible; Zoya has glorious range and use of her instrument, exploring different tones and affectations that serve the songs. This is a refreshing and rare listening experience that can only lead to bigger and better projects wherever the road may take this global wanderer.


Zoya Music website: http://www.zoyamusicofficial.com/

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  1. Mike says:

    Beautiful music. I love the powerful yet laid back sound .


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