Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Zoltars have been sharing their music with the world since 2012, when they shared their debut album, Should I Try Once More. They’ve gone on to release three further albums, culminating in 2019’s Telling Stories. The band are currently gearing up to the release of their, “argument for cautious optimism”, in the shape of fifth album, Mystery Kids. With that record arriving in October, today we’re premiering the latest single from it, Wake Up.
Arriving in 2020, Wake Up has a certain inevitable melancholy, yet there’s a conscious decision involved here, it is a track that refuses to be dimmed by the darkness, as the band put it, they, “see vulnerability as a form of salvation“. Wake Up is a message of hope and allowing yourself to be amazed by the mysteries of the world, “wake up with confusion in my eyes, what a very nice surprise, someone who I thought I knew before suddenly shook me to my core”.
Musically, the track combines the layered vocal melodies of Grizzly Bear or Here We Go Magic with a grittier, grungier edge courtesy of the languid, slacker-guitar line and steady drum pulse. There’s a beautiful simplicity to the whole thing, like its lyrical theme, this is a piece that seems to be just emerging from a pleasant slumber, welcoming the first light of morning with a perfectly relaxed hello. There’s a comforting quality to the music of The Zoltars, a light at the end of the tunnel, a faith that somewhere down the line there has to be room for positivity to come back into our global consciousness, and for hope to emerge.
Mystery Kids is out October 1st via Rock Tumbler Records. Click HERE for more information on The Zoltars.