Zeal & Ardor unveils new song 'Built On Ashes'
It's a busy month for Zeal & Ardor, the band are preparing for a series of live shows next month (including a London headline show & a slot at Download Festival) as well as the June 8th release of their highly-anticipated second album Stranger Fruit.
Today, a third new song from that record is released, 'Built On Ashes'. The lyrics hark back to Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit', declaring, "like a strange fruit out of season / you are bound to die alone / and you will swing free in the breeze then."
Zeal & Ardor mastermind Manuel Gagneux comments, "Here's our last single before Stranger Fruit comes out in its entirety. 'Built On Ashes' is the album's closing track and stands out as a more sombre track, acting as a farewell of sorts. We hope you like it... there's a storm out there."
Stranger Fruit will be released on June 8th in multiple formats, including CD, cassette, vinyl, and digital download/stream. For vinyl fans, there’s a 2LP 180g gatefold vinyl or a 2LP limited deluxe 180g triple gatefold purple vinyl.
The diverse yet cohesive nature of the sixteen tracks on Stranger Fruit is designed to encourage the listener to dig a little deeper and find their own meaning in its words. These songs are deliberately intended to play off each other both lyrically and musically. While the record seethes with justifiable rage, its wider-reaching aim is to unify and inspire action, not to divide and create inertia. Superficially, the album tells isolated stories, but there are references to the Goetia, Yoruba, and obscure occult literature and history.
Mixing blues, gospel, and soul with harsher music has opened up a world of possibilities for Gagneux. Previously creating as a one-man solo effort, the immense interest and critical acclaim Zeal & Ardor attracted upon release of debut album Devil Is Fine, has led to the project becoming a fully-fledged, internationally-touring band. After months hidden away, crafting the new songs for Stranger Fruit, Gagneux entered the studio with producer Zebo Adam and mixer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, Nails). While the finished sound is larger and heavier, it is still unmistakably Zeal & Ardor.
Bear witness to Zeal & Ardor's captivating UK live shows at the dates below:
June 4th - London, Village Underground
June 10th - Donington Park, Download Festival