Track Of The Day: Zilched – ‘Sixteen’

A swirling, grungy reflection on the contradictions that come with growing up, Detroit-based songwriter Zilched has shared her latest single ‘Sixteen’. Lifted from her recent debut album DOOMPOP, released via Young Heavy Souls, the track smoulders with fuzzy guitar sounds, frantic drums and Zilched’s strung out vocals.

“It’s more or less about questioning both what marks a loss of innocence, and the obsessive purgatory of waiting for your life to start,” Zilched (aka Chloë Drallos) explains about ‘Sixteen’. She explores the sting of being caught between adolescence and adulthood through moody reverb-heavy guitars and her deadpan Kim Gordon-esque vocal delivery.

Inspired by 90s grunge icons like Nirvana and The Jesus and Mary Chain, Zilched has channelled her influences into a collection of compelling noise-pop tracks on debut record DOOMPOP. “It’s an honest reflection of my attempts to grow up and make sense of absurdity,” she explains about the album. “I wrote the first song in my last month of high school at 18, and finished recording/producing just a month after my 20th birthday. With these songs I wanted to go as deep into my insecurities and confusion, however immature I felt. Just write what I felt when I felt it in order to move on.”

Watch the self-directed video for ‘Sixteen’ below and follow Zilched on bandcamp, Facebook & Instagram for more updates.

Kate Crudgington

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