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Zenizen // New single "Aja" + album announcement!

It’s true! New Zenizen is here, and new Zenizen is coming. I’m extremely excited to tell you that Zenizen is releasing a new album! It’s called P.O.C (Proof of Concept) and it’s out July 27! Today, we have a new single off the upcoming album to listen to.

Featuring Phony Ppl’s Aja Grant on keys and synth bass, and led by Zenizen’s Opal Hoyt and her rich alto voice, “Aja” is teeming with melody and pop mystique.

Originally begun during a session at Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn, Opal and Aja initially thought it might feel ridiculous to put vocals over such a melodically dense track. But Hoyt laid down exactly what was in the original demo, resulting in a pop-meets-neo-soul flair lush with immersive atmosphere and the stylistic richness that defines P.O.C (Proof of Concept). We’ve also got a music video to accompany the track ~


“When I made the storyboard for the record, ‘Aja’ was always that end of winter time when you know it’s shit out still but there’s the first circadian hint towards spring.”

“It corresponds to a recurring dream I always had as a kid where I’d be running in this field across from my house and this witch figure was chasing me and I always almost made it out of her reaches and she’d create this kind of shockwave that would launch me into a snowdrift that woke me up (all of the outro lyrics).”

“I don’t have that dream anymore but this video is kind of my last tribute to it. I’ve moved on to more evolved anxiety dreams now.”

Watch the video here!


The full album is dropping on July 27, 2022. It’s a marvel, and I can’t wait for it to be out. We’ve got a bit of a wait but, until then, dig into the first 2 songs off the album: “I Would (...but You Want Me Down)” & “Aja”.

It’s available to pre-order on CD, cassette and (the real stars) 3 vinyl variants: Floral Swirl, Half Sky Splatter, and 180g Black. Pick it up here in our web store or on Bandcamp!

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