Track Of The Day 25/7 – Zola Courtney


Zola Courtney uses music to pin down fleeting moments in her life. The Cornwall songwriter is steeped in pop lore, utilising her skills to build melodic mirrors, constructing tracks that reflect her life.

Incoming EP ‘Nothing To Lose’ is a bold testament to her ambition, the work of an artist who walks an independent path. Take new single ‘California’ – lush, refulgent, and intoxicating, it transforms a bleak time in her life into a moment of reflection.

A song about a breakup, it also links to a writing trip in her teens, with the word-play focussing on periods of self-doubt and transformation. Building to that wonderful chorus, ‘California’ epitomises what makes Zola Courtney so special – a bravura performance, packed with evocative emotion.

Zola Courtney comments…

“’California’ was written in the early stages, during the ‘what have I done’ phase of the breakup. I kept thinking about specific moments in the relationship that had meant a huge amount to me.”

I did a writing trip to California when I was 19 and had a really awful time. My boyfriend   at the timeflew out to be with me and I’m still so grateful he did that. That was near the beginning of our relationship and New York was the last place we visited together. The song talks about these bookend moments, as well as feelings of doubt and regret, but also care and admiration for him and all the things we did together.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Kinga Kutermankiewicz

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