There’s this wistfully emotive and knowing quality to Zsela’s deeply stirring voice, which has seen her likened to Joni Mitchell and Joan Armatrading. And with good reason, as Zsela possesses a certain timeless essence with her music. Her much-awaited debut EP, released last Friday, already feels like a modern classic in the making. To mark the release we caught up with the Brooklyn-based artist to find out five tracks that have influenced her.

Opening with the aching and tender ‘Drinking’, Ache of Victory is a starkly poignant, vulnerable and assured release imbued with warmth and vibrancy. Graceful, laid-back percussion and delicate, intricate melodies accompany Zsela’s earthy, ethereal vocals. Three years in the making this EP consolidates Zsela as a poised and powerful creative talent. ‘Undone’ fully encompasses the arresting emotive clarity and elegance of Zsela’s music, augmented further by the simple yet striking visuals.

Get to know Zsela In Five…

rings of saturn – nick cave

this song really helps me when I’m feeling down. I put it on repeat for an emo walking through the rain kind of sad joy.

the tracks of my tears – smokey robinson

these lyrics are genius.

cocoon – bjork

this was one of my favorite songs in middle school.

somebody who loves you – joan armatrading

i thought I discovered her as an adult and was confused why I’d only just heard of this song but when I told my mom she laughed and said I grew up listening to her as a kid (this happens often)

away – davia spain

this is from her debut album that just came out, it’s so so special I wanna live inside of it.



‘Ache of Victory’ is out now.