The Zolas
Ancient Mars

Released: 3rd December 2012
Label: Light Organ Records

As we approach the end of the year the music that is released tends to focus on ‘Greatest Hits’ and compilations full of music that you really could live your life without. Thankfully this year we have an album to get excited about rather than the traditional run-of-the-mill stocking fillers. That album is the second album ‘Ancient Mars’ from Canadian band The Zolas.

The album is full of perfect Indie pop songs that I am sure you will instantly love. The songs are put together with so much precision, combining guitar riffs, infectious melodies and hooks with passionate vocals and pounding rhythm and percussion which all ensure this is an album that becomes instantly memorable.

Highlights include ‘In Heaven’ which opens the album with a hypnotic rhythm instantly commanding your attention and ‘Knot In My Heart’, a song with such a laid back feel that you will instantly be transported to a very peaceful place. ‘Strange Girl’ has a guitar riff lifted straight out of 90s Indie Britain - this is a song just waiting to soundtrack the summer of 2013. ‘Local Swan’ combines atmospheric vocals and guitars that will be swirling around your head for a long time to come whilst ‘Cold Moon’ closes the album in a very beautiful and sparse manner.

After listening to the album you can’t help but feel that The Zolas are a band that really do have it all, and they are a band that will be appearing on many ‘Ones To Watch' lists for 2013.

Steve Tay

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