Zaritza has spent her life working to attain her dream, and her messages of inspiration are clear in the music that she creates (as well as in her TEDTalk, which you can find here). Having moved to New York from her native country of Russia, this electro-pop songstress has been creating a space for herself in a busy scene. With her self-titled release, she is sure to find and inspire a new world of fans.
The range of musical skills that Zaritza possesses is but one of the striking elements of this album. There is the edgy rock crunch of “Diseased”, then the sweeping and near-mystical ambiance of “Rocket Girl”. Her cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” finds a sensual angle, but never loses the heat of the original. While the same tools are in play — the cello, the electronic beats and synth lines, and the piano — the tonal changes on this album are impressive.
But again, the most genuine moments on the album come from Zaritza’s words of wisdom, particularly when accompanied by soaring instrumentation, as on “Crossroads”, which is sung in Russian but uses background vocals to elevate the track. “Flashing Lights”’s sweet electronic melody is accompanied by the lyrics, “You kept searching for something more, a life you’ve never had, little did you know, that girl will vanish fast”. The moment carries a candidness that becomes, like so many of the melodies on this album, addictive. It’s a sweet vice — and one that ultimately has you feeling like you could accomplish anything.