By Zenna Wilburg
Swooner, the third full-length album by Vancouver natives The Zolas, is a 10-track compilation of melodic rhythms and dance-like anthems, with a unique, almost tropical undertone.
The album begins with the infectious single “Molotov Girls,” an upbeat, rebellious track that can be accurately described as an indie party anthem.
Swooner continues in a similar vein throughout the majority of the track list, with catchy lyrics about good friends, relationships, and love. The album carries a theme of contrast as vocalist Zachary Gray alternates between somewhat breathy vocals, to a deeper, yearning sound.
Other exceptional songs include “CV Dazzle” and “This Changes Everything.” The former leaves a slightly more intense impression than other songs on the album, with powerful chords and a strong electronic presence. In contrast, “This Changes Everything” is a soft request to a lover.
Swooner is an energetic endeavor, with insistent lyrics that are uplifted by a harmonious combination of keyboard, guitar and drums. A particular sound that stands out in multiple tracks is reminiscent of steel drums, which is instrumental in providing the listener with a summery, nearly tropical feeling.
In a word, Swooner can be called an anthem — an ode to good times and youthful nonchalance.Swooner, The Zolas