Zella Day is a singer-songwriter and musician from Arizona. Not too long ago, she released a fascinating new EP, entitled, “Where Does The Devil Hide”, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. The stunning collection of songs ignites a brand-new chapter in Day’s exciting journey.
The EP opener, “People Are Strangers”, finds the charismatic singer cautioning listeners to the fact that people can be dangerous due to the strangeness of their human nature. Therefore, she pushes people away whenever they try to get too close to her comfort zone.
Zella Day – “People Are Strangers” music video
“I began writing ‘People Are Strangers’ on the bathroom floor after a night of learning an ugly truth about my lover. I brought the idea to Nashville where I finished the song by taking a dark subject matter and approaching it with simplicity. There is a sweetness to the lyrics and melodies of ‘People Are Strangers’ that is meant to inspire empathy towards the ones that have hurt us.” – Zella Day stated
The audiovisual was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by iconic photographer, Neil Krug (Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala). Also, he shot the EP artwork for “Where Does the Devil Hide” and the single artwork for “People Are Strangers”.
Zella Day – “My Game” music video
“‘My Game’ is feverish time travel into every dimension where the hustle is on the floor. It’s a disco game board with a pair of cherry red dice rolling in my favor. I’m climbing up onto the table in my glitter platforms and I’m calling the shots.” – Zella Day stated
‘My Game’ contains a relatable narrative, ear-welcoming vocals, and tuneful melodies. Also, the likable tune possesses vibrant instrumentation flavored with a modern-disco aroma.
Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) directed the music video. Kaiman Kazazian and Zella Day provided the creative direction. Furthermore, the video is filled with rich, selective coloring, and dazzling retro fashions. Also, the piece is a stylish homage to the classic spy films of the 1960s cinema.
Zella Day – “Purple Haze” music video
“‘Purple Haze’ is summer love for simple pleasures. When I lived in downtown L.A., I would hum this melody while strolling to the market in the mood for something sweet. All of those perfect Saturdays with nothing to do but eat oranges and daydream.” – Zella Day stated
The audiovisual for “Purple Haze” was directed by famed artist, Neil Krug (Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey). The video features technicolor visions of Zella Day that warp and melt together like vivid hallucinations. The piece truly makes listeners feel as though they can actually taste outer space.
Zella Day – “Only A Dream” music video
“There are times we must bury our broken hearts in the garden so that spring can do the work we cannot do ourselves. Living in the memory of what was eventually becomes a memory in itself. The years grow like flowers and the faint scent of love hangs low so that we may remember all of those we wish not to forget.” – Zella Day stated
‘Only A Dream’ is a song that reflects on all-consuming love and conquering the darkness that can come from within such an exploration. The breathtaking visual, directed by Samuel Richard and Gianennio Salucci, captures Zella Day at the forefront of an intimately-filmed and emotionally-charged love story. The video was filmed within the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA, and along the golden beaches and sun-soaked highways of the California coast. Also, the visual is a poetic ode to the sprawling, beautiful, and sometimes tragic journey called love.
Zella Day – “Benny My Dear” lyric video
“Selfless love acts without expectation of receiving anything other than the satisfaction of giving. Benny has been crying out for affection for far too long. He struggles to believe that he deserves it. Benny reminds us that vulnerability is the only way out and the only way in.” – Zella Day stated
‘Benny My Dear’ contains lush instrumentation flavored with dazzling harmonies and guitar solos dripping with retro Californian charm. Also, it’s a likable tune that encapsulates the spirit of the project and serves as a fitting finale to the EP.
“Where Does The Devil Hide” (EP Artwork Courtesy of Neil Krug)
In conclusion, “Where Does The Devil Hide” is a wonderful piece of art. It melds vivid sounds, aesthetics, and ideas inspired by the essence of quintessential California. Coming from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades, it’s a coastal affinity to which Zella Day is deeply connected. This genetic and geographical linkage is largely responsible for her passionate embrace. Also, her understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.
We highly recommend adding songs from Zella Day’s “Where Does The Devil Hide” EP to your personal playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below.