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Brooklyn soul group Zenizen to play SXSW on 03.13

Zenizen's Opal Hoyt has taken her musical journey from her native Alaska to Vermont, DC, Jamaica, and Brooklyn. Now, in the midst of working on her debut full-length album and collaborating with other New York artists, she takes Zenizen to SXSW this year to introduce her soulful sound to the festival's audience. Her Australia EP -- her first, available on Don Giovanni Records -- can give a taste of Hoyt's sweet and soaring vocals, and can warm up any listener with its slow and jazzy grooves. But Zenizen's live performances convey the full blast of soul power, with Hoyt giving her all on stage with her black keytar and head-mic, and her band backing her up with every heartstopping hook. If you're attending SXSW, don't miss Zenizen at the Sidewinder Outside on March 13th. For now, stream the video for "Follow The Leader" -- their latest -- below. - Will Sisskind


Zenizen Play Baby's All Right 8/30

Zenizen is such a perfect 2017 listen, we can't believe that they haven't blown up. Soulful vocals by lead Opal Hoyt maintain the sweet spot of R&B that manages to blend an original tone with smooth scales. Backed by charming keys and at times unpredictable beats, all these elements make this group such a timely combo. But Zenizen is not that young. They've been doing this for years now. With yearly singles "Coldwood," Fiver" and "No Contact" released since 2015, they've been working on their jazz-infused music for a while. Like most good things, they only get better with age. "Australia" their 2017 release and first EP, is their most confident work yet. Listen to the three tracks on this new EP and take the time to enjoy "Expanding," a Rihanna-esque heartbreaking pop song, especially. See Zenizen at Baby's All Right August 30th. -Allie Mille


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