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Wellington musician ZÖ produces modern pop that’s okay to be alone

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Wellington’s rising musician, Zoe Jennings, releases her music with minimal hype or pretense.

Even finding her online can be a challenge due to her unusual nickname ZÖ. A pair of dots placed above the letter O for “aesthetic reasons” is a bit more ponderous than the usual Google search.

“I was trying to come up with a name that was always personal to me, but it’s unintentionally a bit of a mystery,” Jennings said.

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The result may mean that the discovery of ZÖ may make the listener appear to find hidden treasure.

“I tend to be a little self-deprecating, and I’m aware that I have to get over that,” Jennings sings in the opening of her single. Origami.

Such introspective statements, chin to chest, make Jennings’ music the perfect accompaniment for the quieter moments in life.

“Some people would say it’s sad music, but I don’t think so. It’s just music that’s more than happiness, ”Jennings said.

Zoe Jennings is about to release her second EP Do You Mind?  in October 2021.

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Zoe Jennings is about to release her second EP Do You Mind? in October 2021.

Jennings can speak of a love for Nadia Reed and Lydia Cole in the same breath as London Grammar’s electronic pop art.

Another touchstone could be Sufjan Steven’s fusion of the intimacy of folk music with pop and electronic music, but without the daring cinematic size of the American’s most ambitious moments.

The music of the 24-year-old is based on a low-key voice and direct personal lyrics over warm ambient electronic media constructed by producer Neil McLeod who, despite his modern production skills, shared Jennings’ early love for folk music. and singer-songwriters.

The two met while Jennings was studying commercial music at Massey, before moving to Wellington five years ago after being raised and homeschooled in the small seaside community of Ngungruru, near Whangārei.

“I ended up here, it’s a great creative community, and it doesn’t take you too long to get to the beach,” Jennings said.

Mcleod builds spacious electronic arrangements to support Jennings songwriting, often with only minimal elements of the singer’s initial inspiration.

“It starts off very intimate and folk. I tend to write at night while tinkering on my piano or whispering into my phone. I send him ideas, and he’ll shape them into a fully formed song, ”Jennings said.

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“I was trying to come up with a name that was always personal to me, but it’s unintentionally a bit of a mystery,” Jennings said of her nickname ZÖ.

It’s that late-night intimacy that makes Jennings songs stand out from the pop crowd. The collaboration between Jennings and McLeod has an almost dichotomous result, ZÖ is catchy and melodic modern pop that it’s okay to be alone with.

  • Jennings is about to release their second Do You Mind Ep? in October. Two singles Origami and Ego are already available online on Spotify and Bandcamp. Try searching for “zomusic” if you can’t find the dots.