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Describing their music as “piano prog-pop,” The Zolas have made a sophomore album that sounds like an intersection of Harry Nilsson’s ivory-tickled pop sophistication and Tame Impala’s postmodern indie rock by way of John Lennon—save for searing guitar leads that give muscle to the handsome opening tune, “In Heaven.” The Vancouver duo of Zachary Gray (guitar and vocals) and Tom Dobrzanski (piano and vocals) scales back the waxed-moustache cabaret of their 2009 debut, Tic Toc Tic, for songs that balance intricate arrangements punctuated by reverberated piano parts and a less-is-more approach to their rhythmic backbone. An alluring melody is nestled within the title track's hazy hues of vintage tones and ethereal ambience; it's more enticing with additional listens. Much of Ancient Mars works a similar magic—song hooks are planted like seeds throughout the album. With repeated plays, The Zolas' tunes ripen like tomatoes on the vine. “Strange Girl” best exemplifies this, with a sweet clash of '90s indie pop sensibilities played with what sounds like vintage instruments. Underneath this sonic contrast, a melody is sprouting.

Customer Reviews

Can't Wait

Tic Toc Tic is one of my favorite albums of all time, and after listening to each and every song sample multiple times I cannot wait to hear the whole thing. This album is going to rock, and there is no doubt in my mind that it is what us dedicated fans have been waiting for.

I Love The Zolas No Matter What

I haven't gotten a chance to really listen to all of the tracks yet, but from what I've heard, it reminds me more of their sound from when they were Lotus Child, than their sound on Tic Toc Tic. Definitely a bit more electronic though. Either way, it's all really good, and really a nice contrast with what they've put out recently. I doubt I'll ever like anything more than Tic Toc Tic, but we'll see!

Great new Zolas

Knot in my Heart, Ancient Mars and Cultured Man are my faves.

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