by Zella Day


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Arizona native turned Los Angeles denizen Zella Day is a soulful if fairy-like singer/songwriter who anoints her poetic, bohemian anthems with boombastic drops of indie electronica, folk, and bluesy, symphonic balladry. Day's full-length debut, 2015's Kicker, is a rootsy and engaging showcase for her pop theatricality, taking equal parts inspiration from Britney Spears and Florence + the Machine. With her dusty coo of a voice and her Keira Knightley-at-Bonnaroo style, Day sometimes feels more like a fashion model turned singer -- not a bad thing. There's a fine tradition of hippie-esque models and actresses proving themselves adept at the art of pop songcraft, or at least singing catchy pop aperitifs. Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, and Nico all fit the description and certainly come to mind while listening to Kicker. Or course, so do many of Day's similarly inclined contemporaries including Ellie Goulding, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey. Helping flesh out the proceedings are producers Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry (aka Wax LTD.), who frame Day's voice with gigantic, Florence Welch-style kickdrum and snare beats, Teutonic synths, and flagrantly cinematic orchestral backdrops. Subsequently, tracks like the yearning "Jerome" and the icy "Ace of Hearts" both drip with an infectious, hooky energy. If there's a through-line with all these artists, from Birkin to Welch to Del Rey to Day, it's the lyrical allusions to pop iconography and the reappropriation of rock and R&B swagger by such fatalistic ingenues. Icons factor heavily in Day's music, and cuts like "East of Eden," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," and "Sweet Ophelia" find her hanging her lyrical hooks on several well-known historical figures, both real and fictional. Elsewhere, Day borrows the operatic thrill of Kate Bush on "High" and recalls Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" on the campy, hip-hop-informed "Hypnotic." Ultimately, whether drawing upon icons of the past or present, Day remains the center of attention with Kicker.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087306052
catalogNumber: 002007302
Rank: 3915

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zella Day   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Wade Culbreath   Percussion
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Julie Gigante   Violin
Randy Kerber   Piano
Katia Popov   Violin
Wally Gagel   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Kalimba
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Shawn Mann   Viola
Michael Valerio   Bass
Caroline Campbell   Violin,Concert Master
Dave Walther   Viola
Ryan Ogren   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Alyssa Park   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Lisa Liu   Violin
Xandy Barry   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Teag Reaves   Horn
Serena McKinney   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Mark Adams   Horn
Robert Brophy   Viola
Stephen Dress   Bass
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
Kevin Kumar   Violin
Alex Iles   Trombone
Steven Holtman   Trombone
Phillip Levy   Violin
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Mary Sloan   Violin
Eric Byers   Cello
Laura Brenes   Horn
Kiel Feher   Drums

Technical Credits

Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Wally Gagel   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Bonnie Baker   Composer
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Gustav Jonsson   Composer
Ryan Ogren   Composer,Programming
Erica Driscoll   Composer
Xandy Barry   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Alex Castillo   Composer
Julia Michaels   Composer
Zella Day   Composer
Ryan Perez-Daple   Engineer
Alexander Castillo Vasquez   Programming
Ethan Lowery   Composer
Nick Bailey   Composer

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