Not far removed from the release of his debut album Only When We’re Naked, British singer-songwriter Zak Abel is keeping his momentum rolling with a new gem titled “Love Song.” Contrary to what the title would suggest, the song’s lyrics describe exactly the opposite situation, as Abel goes out of his way to let his lover know that his feelings for her are no more.
“You probably think this is your love song, baby / This ain’t nothing like a love song, baby” he sings on the chorus, over bright, grooving sounds courtesy of producer Steve Mac. Throughout, the song steadily rises above a constant yet funky bass line, which quickly settles into a nice rhythm and makes the song succeed.
Zak Abel has kept himself busy behind the scenes, penning songs for musicians such as John Legend and Paloma Faith. Before music was his primary focus, the British singer was actually a semi-professional table tennis player, and he aimed to start a career in the sport for several years. Around the age of 14, however, he began songwriting and eventually the priority of his passions began to shift. A self-taught pianist and guitarist, he credits artists such as Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson for influencing his soulful sound, and was recently spotted in the studio with another legend, Nile Rodgers.
Recently named as a “Deezer Next” Global Priority Act, it’s safe to assume we’ll be hearing more from Zak Abel sooner rather than later. Catch up with the newly released “Love Song” below!