Premiere: J Hacha de Zola spaces out on the laid-back “No Situation”

On October 6, singer/songwriter J Hacha de Zola will release his third album, Antipatico. The album follows two Beefheart-inspired records of mutant blues rock, and this time around he’s joined by guest artists such as Tom Waits collaborator Ralph Carney, Morphine’s Dana Colley and The Klezmatics’ Frank London. Today, Treble is premiering the new single from the album, titled “No Situation.” It’s a bluesy and atmospheric track, with a spacious and laid-back sensibility, de Zola citing influences such as Lee Hazelwood and Leonard Cohen. The former in particular is a strong parallel, the horns and lightly psychedelic guitars echoing Hazelwood’s idiosyncratic ’60s and ’70s productions. J Hacha de Zola released a statement about the track…

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J Hacha De Zola Covers Ariana Grande Song as a Tom Waits-Esq Barroom Roar (Premiere)

We get a lot of Ariana Grande covers submitted to us, and they tend to follow a formula: a young woman showcases her best arena-filling belt on YouTube. Like Mariah Carey before her, Ariana Grande songs offer an occasion to show off one’s vocal chops. Some of the belting is pretty good, but big, powerful singing doesn’t make an Ariana Grande cover any different than an Ariana Grande original. But now, finally, we have a musician taking a very different approach….

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Track Premiere: J Hacha De Zola “In Curtains”

Rahway, NJ, native J Hacha De Zola is about to drop a new album (and second of 2016) on August 12, Picaro Obscuro. It contains track “In Curtains,” which heavily features Tom Waits collaborators Ralph Carney on sax, and David Coulter on percussion and violin, and you can hear it exclusively today right here…

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