If there ever was a more perfect score to the growth of a human’s pain, it must be ZINNIA’s “Requiem.” Toronto-based artist, Rachael Cardiello, crafts an ethereal-pop symphony that touches on a myriad of emotions and solely stems from the 10-year anniversary of her father’s death. The emotional and spiritual evolution, not to mention the artist’s need to revisit how her “grief changed” in a decade, extends a realistic hand you want to tightly grip with understandment.
As ZINNIA states, the majority of her twenties were spent processing her father’s death and as a result created a “callus” that was needed to endure the difficult period, which at times caused resentment towards this thick skin. And somewhere in here comes a song that pulls you in without force. The key driven call divinely dances throughout an R.E.M. cycle to the signal of ZINNIA’s vocals. It glistens in its current state and cries upon recollection, but always continues to move.
Similar elements draw comparisons to a repetitive dream that persists while you’re attempting to decipher the intangible nature. As snare rolls grow in sound to the likes of sand filling a glass, a surreal embrace questions a listener’s conscious. In all honesty, these dips submerge the track in a golden optimism and fragmented reality, tripping words upon each other in this very sentence.
The matter-of-way tone used between lines propels the thick skin to take a lead momentarily before the hook’s cathartic cry. As cold as the remnants are of the bellow, it still doesn’t force or rests. It burns with the velocity of time and makes you want to try again — makes you want to keep moving. When you think it couldn’t get better, a hint of strings enter and guide the track’s free falling rush which once again swims in repetition. Unraveling to a centered and thicker instrumentation perfectly comes at the waking of a deep sleep which ends the track. If there ever was a more perfect score to the growth of a human’s pain, it must be ZINNIA’s “Requiem.”
ZINNIA is set to release their debut full-length, Sensations in Two Dot, November 22 which will precede a collaborative album release show on November 18 at Toronto’s Array Space featuring nine choreographer/dancers who will interpret each track.