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Zsela releases her debut album, Big For You

14 June 2024, 16:14 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Zsela has released her debut studio album, Big For You.

The album was preceded by videos for “Fire Excape,“Lily of the Nile" and the most recent “Not Your Angel.” 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 extended family of 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.”

Big For You is out now via Mexican Summer.

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