In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Blue (For Now)” — Erez Zobary
How We Found It
Erez Zobary has been putting out a unique blend of pop, R&B, and jazz since 2015. However, the music she has thus far dropped in 2020 is her most confident and individual. Hailing from Toronto, Zobary was raised on Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse. Her soulful vocals echo the sounds and styles of her youth. Luckily her latest single “Blue (For Now)” produced by David Lipson landed in our SubmitHub inbox.
Why We Like It
We often do whatever we can to escape sadness. No one truly wants to sit in it. With her new single “Blue (For Now)” Erez Zobary explores the healing qualities of letting yourself feel blue co-aligned with an understanding that sinking into that emotion will allow for catharsis on the other side.
The most intriguing stylistic choice of the song is Zobary’s willingness to linger on notes so she can express the full depth of her processing. Her raspy tone, which is a result of recovering from vocal nodules developed in her teens, locks your ear into everything underneath each melody. The hurt she feels in the moment of the song and from her past combine to result in a sound of strength.
It seems the sadness she is delving into has to do with a realization that a relationship is over. As the song begins it is just Zobary and synthy keyboard keys as she sings, “You tiptoe around the room, you tell me what I wanna hear.” She describes stagnancy based in fear. You can infer there was a potential betrayal involved causing a disconnect, and her partner wants to keep the peace by not cracking the eggshells they could step on with any word.
In the second verse after the song has gained more energy and instrumentation Zobary with a clear perspective proclaims that the relationship must end. She sings, “You try to make it right, but it would feel better if this all disappeared.” It would still be sad, but the misery of staying in lifeless love would provide no growth.
There is a seemingly intentional through line of nostalgia as you listen to the song. There are elements of the vocal delivery and instrumentation that feel like Carole King & Joni Mitchell in 1971. King released Tapestry that year and Mitchell ironically released her masterpiece Blue. Then Zobary tonally adds elements of her R&B influence to this which keeps it current and fresh. The blend of reaching back and moving forward is exactly the emotional sentiment of the piece. The most interesting lyric being when Zobary sings, “Flash forward to yesterday can you see me?” She uses words and sounds to display the conflict within her reaching for love through understanding that isn’t reciprocated.
As Zobary makes the decision to move on the sound of a freeing trumpet appears. This seems to represent the next phase. Maybe still containing the sorrow of lost love but also a spirit re-energized.
From Erez Zobary
The horn section represents relief and celebration of a newfound freedom in my life. The sad lyrics of the song are matched with an upbeat instrumental and the one part of the song that takes a break from these difficult feelings is during the bridge section. Trumpet to me is lively and represents joy, happiness, (almost like it is a reminder to stay positive amidst a difficult time).” – Erez Zobary for CentralSauce (2020)
More From Erez Zobary
For the last five years, all while pursuing a Bachelor of Education, Erez has played a series of concerts to growing audiences around Canada, from more intimate venues like The Supermarket and Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, to packed theatres at TEDxQueensU in Kingston, and the National Music Centre in Calgary, as a participant in the RBC Master in Residence Program with Steven Page. Now she is coming into her own as an independent artist landing on a sound that is truly hers. Check out Zobary’s other amazing 2020 singles “Flowers” and “Me.” Also follow her on Instagram & Twitter.
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