I am enamored with the lyrical songwriting of the Mexican alternative rock group Zoé. I say lyrical songwriting in full knowledge of the redundancy inherent in the phrase, but I prefer to err on the side of caution (I attended high school with a boy who thought Meatloaf was deep). Why is it that so much of today’s popular music isn’t very poetic? Catchy? You bet! Danceable? Absolutely! Cathartic? Certainly! But poetic lyrics are somewhat rare in songwriting, it seems. Most likely I am quite wrong, for there are thousands of bands and artists I have never even heard of, let alone listened to, but of those bands that are popular enough to gain media attention, how is it that so few of them have anything to say?
Zoé’s Reptilectric album features the type of lyrical songwriting I grew accustomed to hearing from The Cure circa “Disintegration,” with the eponymous title track, Resiste, Sombras, and the hyper-poetic Nada. Not to be outdone, however, Zoé have an Unplugged Soñe that is lyrically beautiful in its simplicity. The harmony and clarity of the vocals impart purity and brilliance to its message.
I’m always happy to hear new music, but I’m especially delighted with my find of Zoé. The talent they have musically is perfectly mated to their lyrical songwriting ability. So imaginative, so precise. They have a quality to their sound that isn’t easily found or replicated. I look for good things to come from Zoé.