Zoe’s Shanghai does not want you to know what’s coming.
With their debut EP A Mirage (Meant To Last Forever) and its kaleidoscopic textures, rich melodies, fizzing percussions and soulful vocals, they effortlessly lead your imagination and sense of rhythm, to places you did not expect, feeling things you did not know were there.
The music making process for Zoe’s Shanghai is a series of mysterious intuitive steps from one thrilling discovery to the next. These sounds and ideas flow between the members of the group, iterating into a tightly formed composition, forming original bases of sound and then rolling off the edge into unchartered territory with Zoé’s voice reflecting on themes like the subjectivity of reality, the creation of memories and internal contradictions.
Excitement, wonder and trust, form the seed of Zoé’s foundation to music. In early childhood she found this in the mix tapes her dad made her. These treasures exposed her to the voices of Stax icons, the percussions of Cuban Rumba, the melodies of Malian music, and many more expressions from around the world. It left her body rhythmically wriggling and her mind travelling to far away places, ultimately appreciating the universality of music.
The trust and unique perspectives of Alex (Bass), Emerik (Keys) and Landy (Drums) sparked with Zoé’s slowly revealing vision, forming the flourishing force that is Zoe’s Shanghai. Your ears and body will listen as they are lead through an exploration of acapella silk-road scale vocals caught by light swinging chords, tender and reflective bassline foundations supporting Zoé’s wandering reflections, rolling out into the sunlight of nurturing neo soul chord sections, rounded and warm textures punctuated by broken beat, walls of vocal harmonies swelling over shimmering percussion as it rolls away.
A Mirage (Meant To Last Forever) is the record of Zoe’s Shanghai’s thrilling, joyful, mysterious, groovy and shared process of music making. The loving extension of what Zoé has been discovering in music since she can remember.