Producer, songwriter and one half of the successful alt-pop duo RINNGS, Karl Zine has released his debut album 'Hyper', after teasing singles 'Outrun', 'Greenscreen', 'Saffron' and 'Call It A Day' via Wow & Flutter Records.
'Saffron' delivered one of the artists most accomplished songwriting arrangements to date and continued to push boundaries of the expected. Echoing harmonies swirl over electronic keys and deep 808 kicks, whilst Karls' smooth vocal pitches the rich backdrop of an unfamiliar metropolis against real human connection.
Karl Zine talked about the track saying,
“'Saffron' is about the possibility of a particularly intense, almost overwhelming kind of relationship and how to hold on to your sense of self within it. I wrote a large part of the lyrics to 'Saffron' in Tokyo where I spent 10 days taking the first holiday I’d ever had on my own. It was a very important experience for me, the first time I’d found myself for whole days with no-one to talk to due to the time difference, no internet and no knowledge of the city or language and no pre-determined plans. I found myself just walking around, following my gut instincts about where to go and finding myself in crowded streets of Shinjuku and Shibuya, surrounded by unfamiliar sights and sounds, contemplating loneliness, what drives us to search out others to share our lives with, and what the things that capture our attention say about us.”
Karl Zine launched his solo career not even a year ago, in September 2020 with his debut single and follow up, which were supported by leading influential tastemakers and his production work to date earned him a nomination for MPG Breakthrough Producer of the Year 2021.
He first found praise for his incredible, unique production style and songwriting with RINNGS, where the duo's released have gained support from the likes of Spotify, Radio 1 and much more. RINNGS have been working on separate projects since lockdown but plan to release new material in the near future.
'Hyper' is out now.
The Lowdown is an online blog & print entertainment platform for music discovery featuring the very best in both established and upcoming talent. Find the latest news, reviews, interviews with your favourite artists and grab tickets to upcoming gigs & tours.