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Zsela debut album

Zsela announces her debut album, Big For You

23 April 2024, 15:23 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

NYC artist Zsela has announcing her debut album, Big For You, alongside new single "Lily Of The Nile".

The accompanying video, directed by Chester Raj Anand, continues with Zsela’s high-concept, editorialised vision that began with the first single “Fire Excape.”

Of the video, Zsela explains, “I had a vision of stealing a bride from the altar and it turned into a Bride and Clyde, runaway love story.” The director notes, “So much of this video has to do with identity, and the manipulation of it. In a funny way, that's how it felt on set. Our egos had dissolved or morphed into one harmonious expression. Zsela and I have a history of collaborating, but this instance truly felt like an evolution in the most fun and natural way. I don't think I can be happier with how the video turned out.”

Big For You is a work of cavernous depth produced in tandem with Daniel Aged (Frank Ocean, Kelela) and Gabe Wax (The War On Drugs, Soccer Mommy), the album also contains cameos from several members of Zsela’s wide pool of close collaborators, including Marc Ribot, Nick Hakim, Casey MQ and Jasper Marsalis (Slauson Malone 1).

Reflecting on the making of the album’s ten songs, Zsela explains that the initial sketches went through countless versions before evolving to their final forms. “It was important for me to stay open in this process, finding the truth of what the songs want to be,” says Zsela. “That meant breaking them down and building them back up again and again, not being precious and trying to listen.” By stripping back to the truth of these songs, Zsela arrived at sonic settings that are striking in their contrast, using negative space to conjure a grander sense of scale; a theme also found in the album’s title with Zsela noting, “At the heart, it touches on the causal versus intentional dance we play between being ‘full of you’ and ‘full for you’ — the complexity and magnitude of the space we take and fill up for love.”


  1. Lily of the Nile
  2. Fire Excape
  3. Not Your Angel
  4. Still Swing
  5. Watersprite
  6. Brand New
  7. Now Here You Go
  8. Easy St.
  9. Moth Dance
  10. Play

"Lily Of The Nile" is out now. Big For You will be released on 14 June, and is available to pre-order now.

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