By: Seamus Fay
In my eyes, one of the most redeeming functions of sustainable music is the ability to transport listeners to distant places, far from reality, wherever that may be. Upon listening to an artist by the name of Zado and his stellar project, Self-Portrait Vol. 1, this is the very feeling I was able to extract from my listening experience.
Over the course of just three songs, Zado works to the concept of the title, painting his own self-portrait with sun-stained instrumentation and dense lyricism. While the Saint Louis talent is able to say a lot in a little amount of time, he doesn’t rush his words, instead choosing to utilize relaxed cadences to bring his points across. Naturally, this slowed-down charisma sparks the emergence of Zado’s embedded Southern charm in his voice, and the rest flows naturally, as listeners can sit back enjoy such inventive sonic direction.
The truth is, with artists like Zado, you don’t need more than 3 songs to really get across a point as long as you do so in a productive way. Self-Portrait Vol. 1 is just as long as it needs to be, and as a listener, the way I know this is because the tape does exactly what it was meant to do: paint a vivid portrait of Zado.
And in just about 11 minutes, listeners get more than just a portrait: we get a masterpiece.
Show some love to Zado and stream this offering at the link provided below!