This debut from Zak Abel is long awaited, not only because I’ve been desperate to hear it but also because the release date kept being bloody pushed back. I guess it was something to do with the high demand. Now, I already knew he was incredible live, but I’d only heard his older songs live really, he never really let much on about these new ones and damn were they a secret worth keeping.
I feel like Zak Abel really gives you a bit of everything, he’s got this totally individual indie-pop/garage sound. It really appeals to everyone because it just makes you want to dance. His music gives everything he can, there are some really beautiful songs on this album. I think he’s even better live than recorded because it takes out a level of editing and lets his voice really shine through for how incredible it is.
My favourite of his songs has always been Alchemy, there’s just something so cool about it. However, Awakening is really rivalling it. It’s such a great song and it just builds and builds as you listen to it. In a slight change of vibe Deserve to Be Loved is bloody gorgeous, and almost makes me think of Tom Odell. I love the way his voice and lyrics really take control on this one and it lets you see just how talented he really is. It feels really soulful and oh god, I just love it.
I don’t really know who I can compare him to, what he does is so new and fresh that it wouldn’t be fair to compare him to other people. I think he’s worked hard to carve out his own sound, and it really works to him and is bound to appeal to a really wide varied audience.
I fully can’t wait to hear these songs live soon, I just know they’ll be incredible. All in all, it was completely worth the long wait. He’s definitely going to go far based on this album. I wish him all the luck in the world, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.