ZUZU shares new single "Lie To Myself", Debut album "Queensway Tunnel" out Nov 12th
Debut album Queensway Tunnel due November 12th via Planet Z Records Headline UK / IE tour dates in December
(Zuzu | Photo credit: Robin Clewley | Download hi-res image here)
Zuzu is today sharing new song “Lie To Myself”. It is the latest single to be taken from her forthcoming debut album Queensway Tunnel, set for release on November 12th. “Lie To Myself” follows last month’s lead single “My Old Life” which earned widespread media praise including from The Guardian who called it “fatally catchy indie-pop”, and Tom Grennan who played it twice on BBC Radio 1 while sitting in on their Future Sounds show. Where “My Old Life” yearned for a known, beloved past, “Lie To Myself” is a song in which Zuzu searches for comfort in ignorance. “Whatever you do don’t tell me the truth” comes the chorus’s impassioned plea, as she tells a story that cycles through cruelty, lambasts a “di*k move”, and ultimately settles on a feeling of being forced to become someone you don’t want to be, due to the actions of others. Zuzu comments on the single: “Lie To Myself is about the process of coming out of denial, about that fragile state in-between a breakup where you’re strong enough to leave but not quite yet strong enough to face the full truth. The realisation that you’ve been living through a toxic relationship whether that be romantic or even professional and the impact that has on your mental health. It can be emotionally crippling leaving something behind that you’ve leaned on for so many years. It can feel like learning to breathe again. The song is about those times you hear they’re name or see a picture, whatever it might be that triggers that knot in your stomach. It’s about not wanting to hear the details about what happened, having no control over your emotional reaction to other people’s actions past, present and future. I’m still learning how to set boundaries in life, for myself more than anyone. Trying to stop my anxieties from spiralling out of control and not letting outside influences affect me. Protect your magic, it’s precious! Pre-order Queensway Tunnel here. Hear “Lie To Myself” on DSPs here and share on SoundCloud here. View images from the video shoot here.
Zuzu - 2021 headline UK tour dates - Tickets on sale here. Wed 01 Dec - Patterns - Brighton, UK Thu 02 Dec - The Dome - London, UK Fri 03 Dec - Thekla - Bristol, UK Sun 05 Dec - O2 Academy - Liverpool, UK Mon 06 Dec - The Cluny - Newcastle, UK Tue 07 Dec - The Mash House - Edinburgh, UK Wed 08 Dec - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - Glasgow, UK Thu 09 Dec - Bodega Social Club - Nottingham, UK Sat 11 Dec - Hyde Park Book Club - Leeds, UK Sun 12 Dec - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK Mon 13 Dec - The Deaf Institute - Manchester, UK Tue 14 Dec - The Leadmill - Sheffield, UK Thu 16 Dec - The Academy- Dublin, IE
(Zuzu – Live at Sefton Park, Liverpool, May 2021| Photo credit: Robin Clewley | Download image here)
More about Zuzu and debut album Queensway Tunnel Liverpool’s acclaimed singer-songwriter – and noted sci-fi obsessive, gamer, and comic book enthusiast - returns with her first full release since blazing a trail with 2020’s major label EP release How It Feels. With that EP being released just as the UK entered its first lockdown, the skies in Zuzu’s universe could have started to look a little darker. However, the stars look to be aligning once more, after what many might see as having been a productive 12 months. As she emerges from her home studio in Liverpool, she has been writing music for Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time: Distant Lands”, contributed a re-working of her song “How It Feels” to The Sims video game (sung in the The Sims’ own language, “Simlish”), and in May became the first artist in the northern hemisphere to play a non-socially-distanced live show, as she performed in front of 5000 fans in support of Blossoms. Debut album Queensway Tunnel draws its power from themes of change, addiction, sci-fi, escapism, identity, community, and the protection of mental health. Through her sincerity, intimacy and rawness, Zuzu continues to catalogue what she describes as a “deep emotional unrest”, striving to arrange, sort and file how she feels through her music - defragging a cluttered and chaotic headspace, to figure out what it means to navigate life as a twenty-something. With Queensway Tunnel, the trappings of the pandemic inspired a re-focusing on what was in front of her all along. If each song forms a connective tissue between memories, people and places, then the album’s beating heart is a picture of Merseyside, an area with an iconic musical history, and strong identity all of its own. Zuzu has often spoken about being told to leave her accent out of her music, so there seems no truer way to throw that advice back than to write an album expressly about where she is from, connection, relationships, time and place, what the city gives, and what the city takes. It is a message that her fervent fanbase, known as Planet Z, take to heart. There is a community that accepts each other, says “everyone’s invited”, if you feel judged, Zuzu’s music is a home for you, and champions their own individuality. Her fans, friends and musical community lift her up, as she does them. It is case of a rising tide lifts all ships, and the tide certainly looks to be turning in Zuzu’s favour. The album’s title of course nods to the tunnel beneath the river Mersey that connects Liverpool and Birkenhead – a special stretch that Zuzu says has a real transformative quality. To listen to Queensway Tunnel is to walk side by side with Zuzu, and end up in a better place than where you started. Her talents always shine brightest when she matches intense emotional outpouring with choruses that launch to euphoria via dejection and back again. On Planet Z the hook is queen, and Zuzu conjures stubborn melodies for anybody feeling lost on their current path. Zuzu is confronting 2021 fired up with the spirit of her idols Diana Ross, her mum, Emeline Pankhurst, Winona Ryder, Cruella de Vil, Audrey Hepburn – each of which she has a tattoo of. Her boundary pushing mentality feeds into the psyche of the city which has long been imbued with a spirit of fierce independence, unwavering loyalty and creative genius. All the same magic that defined the likes of The La’s, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Zutons and The Coral are visible in Zuzu’s music, as is the world-conquering pop nous of Taylor Swift, the unapologetic accents-to-the-front hometown pride of Courtney Barnett, and the self-love call to arms of Lizzo. Queensway Tunnel features contributions from Kieran Shudall (Circa Waves), Simon Tong (The Verve, Gorillaz), with production from Kurran Karbal. A host of Liverpool musicians feature including Callum Crighton, Zee Devine, Amber Jay, Red Rum Club and Remèe.
(Zuzu - Queensway Tunnel album artwork | Download hi-res here)