Our album No Replay will be available on all streaming platforms on Friday, December 18th. No Replay includes seven songs written, recorded and produced entirely virtually during the summer of 2020.
Thank you to Mike Jankowski of A Cappella Productions for mastering the album. Also a special shout out to competitive beatboxer, Match, for collaborating on the third track, "Hit-and-Run."
We'll be hosting a Virtual Release Party on Instagram live at 8pm on Thursday night. Make sure to tune in for some special live performances, early previews of the tracks, and some background on the creative process.
Use the link below to download the official album booklet, which includes:
This summer ZTS existed entirely remotely. After recording our first single we worked together in improvisation and collaborative back-and-forth to write and arrange original songs. By the end of the summer we had finished & recorded 7 original songs, released a cover song and recorded one more cover song to be released at the end of the year. These 7 original songs are currently in production and will be released in the fall of 2020. The album, No Replay, shares its name with the first original song written by this summer's group.
We've already released the first two singles from No Replay. The first is "Go Out," an upbeat bubble gum pop record that originated with two short melodies which layer together in the intro and the chorus. These melodies emerged through our regular improv practice in which we individually created short melodies, basslines and rhythms, dropped them into Google Drive and then experimented with each other's creations. "Go Out" is also unique in that it features Tori on vocal percussion. You'll hear Kat and Lauren trade off the lead vocal, respectively.
"Rainy Sunday" originated with a repetitive piano accompaniment that we created during a Zoom meeting; this became the opening theme. Soon after Tori freely improvised over the theme and, believe it or not, this freestyle emotional melody barely received any edits before making it into the final version (verse 1 & chorus). We decided to keep the background vocals simple to let Tori's lead vocal shine.
Our first single of the summer is here!
"Don't Need Nobody," originally performed by Ellie Goulding, is an uptempo EDM-inspired love song that you can't help but dance to. You'll get to hear all of our members shine--Kat on verse 1, Lauren on the pre-choruses, Tori on verse 2, and BK on the bridge. Lukas is rocking bass, baritone AND vocal percussion throughout. Our a cappella version is very true to the original; we just couldn't get away from that killer bass groove that just drives through all three-and-a-half minutes of the song. Have a listen below!
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At the beginning of the summer we wanted to record our audition song right away so we could share some music with you as soon as possible. Lately we have been focusing on recording and writing original songs. We plan to release music periodically throughout the summer, leading up to a bigger release later in 2020. Please make sure to follow us & subscribe on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, etc. so you'll hear our new a cappella originals & covers as soon as they're released. Your follows also help us to reach more people so THANK YOU for you support!
Be sure to also stay in touch via Facebook & Instagram where we have been sharing some sneak peeks and introductions of this season's members.
Thanks again, and you'll hear from us soon. 🖤
For those of you who thought we meet only in the summer, you would be correct! However, back in August we recorded this Christmas cover so we could spread spread holiday joy to our family and friends months later. Enjoy our cover of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." And a big shout out to Kelly's grandma for the song suggestion!
We wish you the warmest and happiest holiday season, with lots of new incredible memories!