London's Zoee fuses elements of pop, R&B, and opera together on new single "Used," a heartfelt examination of the end of a relationship and what it means to start over. The song's central hook, how long I've been used, is repeated over a toy-like drum beat and a flute part which floats in and out of the track.
"Used" is the latest release from PLZ Make It Ruins, the DIY label run by producer and Frank Ocean-collaborator Vegyn. A video accompanying the song, in which a lone woman stalks a train platform late at night, is premiering above via The FADER. The single will be followed soon by Zoee’s second EP on her own label Insecure.
Speaking to The FADER via email, Zoee said: "My song ‘Used’ came about after lots of late autumnal nights spent with my friend Rowan Martin writing songs in my bedroom and listening to the Malcolm McClaren album Fans. The album is one of my favorites, fusing opera with 1980s RnB in its own unique way. Listening to that album on repeat led to the initial stages of writing ‘Used’. The song then began to take on a life of its own, especially the concept for it. It feels like a song that doesn’t want to be boxed in or pinned down. Every time I sing the words ‘how long, how long, how long I’ve been used’ I find myself drawing on fresh memories or feelings. Ultimately the song is reflective, it’s an exploration of my own experiences of attachment and the feeling of being used up by a situation or a person, how you can lose yourself and end up feeling like an empty shell. But, it’s also intended to be cathartic - alongside that feeling of emptiness there is a regenerative, restorative energy that’s just as potent."
Thumbnail image courtesy of Daniele d’Ingeo.