This morning I stumbled upon Chicago based band Zaramela‘s new album, ‘Realized.’ At first listen, the sound of live brass instrumentation immediately reminded me of the more well-known (also Chicago based) Social Experiment. But as I continued to listen, it became abundantly clear that Zaramela is no SoX copycat, yet a unique band all their own, drawing inspiration from similar cultural and geographical influences as the aforementioned group.
‘Realized‘ serves as Zaramela’s third project, featuring collaborations from such artists as Saba, Probcause and Eryn Allen Kane (to name a few.) With a truly original style, the 7 man band sets themselves apart, fusing rock, funk, hip hop, blues & jazz to create an entirely new sound. In an excerpt found on the band’s Soundcloud page the group had this to say of their new project:
With this project, we really wanted to create an album that we felt truly represented our unique sound as a band, and also reflected the growth that is occurring within the Chicago music scene. In the past couple of years, we’ve noticed that the Chicago music scene has really started to become more of a community, and artists are starting to collaborate more often, and push each other outside of their comfort zones. This inspired us to create a project that encompasses many different sounds, genres and ideas, and expound upon the growth that we’ve undergone as a band.