Earlier this year, rising singer-songwriter from Hamburg, Germany – Zoe Wess – emerged onto the music scene with the release of her debut single Control. A stunning pop-based track, she is rapidly captivating the attention of listeners across the world; and has fast proven herself as a phenomenal new artist to watch. A rare and distinctive artist, her sound is one to grab your attention from the very first note; with her unique vocals, and deep therapeutic cadences, that leave you hanging on every word she sings.
Already displaying her prowess as a songwriter; Zoe dives into her debut single with a an autobiographical ballad that details her struggle through Rolandic childhood epilepsy – which saw her experience a loss of control, helplessness and exclusion from others. With raw and honest emotion; there is something about the candid lyricism, alongside a stripped back instrumental, that truly draws you into the emotional soundscape of the song.
With a painstakingly emotive piano-led instrumental introducing the track, this gradually builds as the chorus approaches, melding into to a vibrant and dynamic melody. Crafting a more unassuming instrumentation, this enables Zoe’s enthralling vocals to remain the focal feature of the track. Drawing on a gentle pop-based sound, the passionate ballad turns the past into something beautiful, leaving you feeling uplifted and inspired.
“The sickness was stronger than me, and left scars that have become part of my life. Accepting them has taken so much time, but they make me what I am today: a fighter.”
Accompanying the release is a brand new music video, that sees Zoe delivering a heartfelt performance of the track. Featuring a more minimalistic aesthetic, the simple but stunning visuals see her standing against a shrouded background that places the focus entirely on her and her performance.
Dedicated to a teacher who helped her through some of her darkest times, Control delivers a sense of power – both melodically and thematically – as it enables Zoe to take ownership of her story in a way that allows her to move on. And with great things on the horizon, Zoe has already followed up this stellar debut with a feature on the sensational UK singer-songwriter Tom Walker’s latest single Wait For You, released last month.