ZEDSU’s Blend of Folk, Trap and Indie Rock on “Love Liquor” Perfectly Captures the Poignancy of Knowing No Matter What You Do Someone is Going to Get Hurt

ZEDSU, image courtesy the artist

ZEDSU’s single “Love Liquor” flows with an easy energy synergizing lush production and a melancholic guitar loop. The latter combining precision with an introspective tone. ZEDZU’s lyrics are a poetic meditation on the complications that can happen with love when a rival wants to take what is perceived as rejection as the pretext for violence. It’s as though the vocals are one side of a conversation in which the narrator tries to come to terms with such extreme feelings without saying they’re invalid. It’s a tricky point to discuss and ZEDSU offers no solutions except to hint at the foolishness of needing for there to be violence when that won’t get the aggrieved party what they want anyway. ZEDSU zeroes in on that tragedy, and thus the melancholic mood, of that conundrum in which many people have found themselves. It perfectly articulates the idea of escalated ambivalence not know what to do or what is the best thing to do in a situation where you must make a decision even when you know anything you do is going to hurt someone and the poignancy of that moment. Musically it hearkens to that 2002, self-titled Hymie’s Basement album on which Yoni Wolf and Andrew Broder combined psychedelic folk and hip-hop so effectively and creating a fascinating hybrid sound. ZEDSU brings together similar elements but with the production and the effect on the voice, there’s a hint of the more luminous end of modern pop as well and its own incorporation of sounds out of electronic dance music and trap. The song doesn’t hit you over the head with its originality in the beginning but by the end its perfect blend of styles and emotional colorings into its own sound is strikingly so.


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