Review: Lolo Zouaï – Ocean Beach

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Paris-born and San Francisco-raised Lolo Zouaï is able to bring together the essence of two completely different places in her music. Her latest offering Ocean Beach spans two tracks, both showcasing her impressive brand of songwriting, as well as her serene vocals. The tracks pay homage to San Francisco (particularly Ocean Beach) and the love she has for the city that she grew up in.

The first track ‘Lose Yourself’ was produced by Zouaï herself and is an emotional and contemplative ballad about being lost in your thoughts. On the track, she sings “Now I see my name in the lights / But it’s still dark inside”. Through nostalgia and self-reflection, she discusses how far she’s come from her life prior to breaking-out in music and not wanting to lose who she is. As you listen to the lush r&b infused track, you can envision Zouaï looking out towards the Ocean Beach shoreline thinking about life and everything in between.

‘Jade’, which is the second and final track on Ocean Beach, features Blood Orange. The collaboration is a dream come true for fans of them both given that their styles compliment one another. The track is about feeling numb and finding beauty in feeling that way. Zouaï and Blood Orange’s vocals delicately blend together through a series of beautiful vocal harmonies. Towards the end of the track, Zouaï murmurs some lines in French, adding a Parisian twist and personal touch onto the track.

Lolo Zouaï’s two-track release sees her retreat back to her roots and present songs that are both poignant and honest.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)