Born in Pinetop, AZ and currently located in Los Angeles, electro pop singer/songwriter Zella Day was one of the most blogged about artists last year with major publications such as The Guardian breathlessly comparing the young artist to the likes of Lana Del Rey, CHVRCHES, MØ and others. Although she’s developed a reputation for slickly produced electronic pop, she actually has a background in folk and country music. In fact, when she was a girl, she used to perform Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin songs in her family’s cafe. And if you pay close attention you might catch that early influence in a very subtle way in her material – in particular, at times her vocals have a ever so slight twang.
“Sweet Ophelia,” one of the singles off her self-titled debut EP is an anthemic yet sensual pop song with a soaring hook wrapped around propulsive drumming and swirling electronics. Obviously, when you hear the song it’s incredibly contemporary but it also sounds as though it could have been released in 1995 or so.
Recently, the Australian electro pop quartet and blogosphere darlings Gold Fields were enlisted to remix “Sweet Ophelia” and their remix turns the song into a slickly produced house music track complete with finger snapped-led percussion, swirling electronics, gently cascading synths and funk-based guitar and bass. And perhaps more important, the remix is based purely around the original’s catchy hook. In some way, the Gold Fields remix bears an uncanny resemblance to Octo Octa‘s Between Both Sides and 100% Silk’s 2013-2014 releases.