While “Water” may be Zosia’s first official single, the profundity of the track, its striking production, and Zosia’s emotive vocals do not portray the singer as a newcomer. We have your exclusive listen to the Los Angeles-based artist’s first single below, and we’re telling you now that Zosia is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Anneke Lada, aka Zosia, began writing bubblegum pop at nine years old. As her music developed through her teens and early twenties, she began to write music that reflected her growing pursuit for deeper meaning in her songs. The singer, songwriter, and producer draws inspiration from philosophers like Isaac Asimov and Pythagoras, writing lyrics that often focus on darker subjects.
“Water” is a bold entrance into the music scene, packaging Zosia’s search for meaning into a dark pop sound. With a diverse set of influences, Zosia fuses her electro-pop music with alternative R&B and even hints of trip hop. The glistening synths in the track build up and ripple like the ebb and flow of the ocean, and the waves finally break with the introduction of Zosia’s powerful vocals and the drums. The first phrases key us into the song’s overall attitude and juxtaposition of dark and light: “Magic fades/I am dressed in denial.” This tension can be heard in Zosia’s delivery and is reinforced by the combination of electronic production with more alternative percussion. Zosia sings in the chorus, “We’re never gonna be hurt again/Now we’ve seen the outside/While the water’s running thin/We drink it up every night.” The notion of an outside and a sense of disillusionment is followed by the uncomfortable thought of water being depleted, perhaps even by the ones who are drinking it. Zosia confirms that this contrast of water’s ability to give or take life influenced the song:
“‘Water’” was written over the course of about a year because it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to say with it. I was feeling very directionless at the time, still adjusting to L.A. Life can feel so superficial, and the historic drought in California was sort of a reminder that none of that superficiality really matters. The element of water is life-giving and a symbol of purity, but it also has the power to create instant destruction when depleted or in excess. I love that contradiction. This song is about finding balance and not fucking up the planet while you’re at it.”
Zosia also states that she is deeply inspired by her grandmother, a seamstress who fled Poland during World War II. She “admires her [grandmother’s] strength and unshakable faith. She had a calm certainty about the world which I envied.” Zosia’s desire to find these traits her grandmother possessed is truly present in her music, which not only makes us reflect on our own decisions and purpose, but also helps us find a way to answer the larger questions we have about meaning.
Stream “Water” below: