We get to know the creative force behind the hypnotic vocal and trailblazing artistry of Malena Zavala.

It’s refreshing to witness an artist whose career has flourished completely organically, whose music champions their roots and so exquisitely expresses their home values. A SoundCloud success snapped up and signed completely to her surprise, our next big thing Malena Zavala prides herself in the complete production of haunting, minimalist psych-pop, blending bluesy guitar lines with tender, Latin-influenced beats and bewitchingly serene vocals.

Argentinean-born, Zavala was bought up in Britain and raised to purse what she loved; a free-thinking approach that’s very much evident in her music. Influenced by guitar players such as Blake Mills and the hazy dream-pop of Beach House and Tame Impala, her forthcoming debut album Aliso was part-made in her parent’s garage, but is set to inspire the ears of fans far beyond her home turf.

Latest single ‘A Vision That’s Changed’ encompasses the realism of moving on from past love, Zavala maintaining the ability to create escapist dream-pop which isn’t to the detriment of relatable themes. Listen here:

We caught up with Malena to learn more about her.

Three words to describe my music…
Dreamy, Naive, Strong

Favourite ever film…
I have many, but I like ‘Another Earth’ by Brit Marling

Favourite Instagram account…
@mirandamakaroff

The best venue I’ve played…
My friend’s living room in Dalston

The song I can’t listen to…
Don’t have one

The worst job I’ve ever had…
I’ve only worked in cafes and restaurants… they’re not that bad though

My favourite meal to cook…
Ensaladilla Rusa but with mashed potatoes instead

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Buena Vista Social Club tribute band but I’d play electric guitar

My favourite word…
Opulence

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be…
Total power over my energy levels

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Cuba

I think you should listen to…
Orchestra Baobab’s album ‘Bamba’

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
George Harrison

Malena’s debut LP Aliso is out on 13th April via Yucatan Records.