On March 18th, Karl Zine, producer, songwriter and one half of successful alt-pop duo RINNGS will release an acoustic version of ‘Palomino’. The single is being released as part of an intimate three track acoustic piano EP released the same day. The EP also includes transformed renditions of ‘Call It A Day’ and ‘MR X’ taken from Karl’s debut album ‘Hyper’ (rel 22.03.2)
The tracks from my debut album HYPER took shape over a long period of time, with demos morphing into finished tracks slowly and with lots of revisions and edits. I put a lot of detail and effort into creating particular soundscapes on it and the idea behind the acoustic versions was to strip everything back to its roots; just me and a piano. The bare bones of 3 of songs from the record, with all of the focus falling on the songwriting itself. I wanted an intimate sound to them and chose to record them at home on my upright piano (with a practice felt on) to create a sound that captured the feeling of them as very personal songs.
About the focus single Karl added “Palomino is a song about how it feels to let go of love. The sense of helplessness and hopelessness that can feel overwhelming, and the gradual acceptance that all things change, even those you want to remain fixed forever. Palomino is also the name of my favourite brand of pencil by Blackwing, which I use to write all my lyrics.”
Karl Zine launched his solo career in September 2020 with debut single ‘Greenscreen’. Singles from the ‘Hyper’ album have been supported by leading online music tastemakers such as Earmilk, Wonderland, The Most Radicalist and Beats Per Minute to name but a few.
Karl’s production work to date has earnt him a nomination for MPG Breakthrough Producer of The Year 2021. The artist first found praise for his unique production style and songwriting with RINNGS. Releases from the duo have gained support from tastemaker blogs worldwide and featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday in UK, USA and Sweden. Fans of his production include Radio 1, 6 Music, The 405, Line Of Best Fit, The Independent and more. RINNGS have been working on separate projects since lockdown but plan to release new material in the near future.
2020 has also seen Karl Zine developing his obsession with graphic design and lyric videos, creating a new striking flower-based piece for his successful musical collaboration with Norwegian singer-songwriter Iselin, who released their track ‘Clear Water’ last year. He has also collaborated with Izzy Warner on the Karl Zine co-written/produced ‘Brand New’. A version of the song features his vocal as his lesser known alter ego ’21st Century Viking’ in Will Ferrell’s Netflix’s cult hit film ‘Eurovision: The Story Of Fire Saga’. Karl also co-wrote ‘Attention’ the stunning pop debut from The Voice UK finalist Brooke Scullion, which featured on Spotify UK, New Music Friday.
Karl Zine will release his 9-track debut album ‘Hyper’ on January 22 2021.
Track Listing ‘Hyper’
Call it a Day
Praise for Karl Zine
“‘Saffron’ beautifully narrates this exact idea. With intricate harmonies skating atop electronic arrangements, the glistening track bleeds with so much raw emotion. – Earmilk
“Karl Zine, diving head-first into this thought experiment has yielded “Greenscreen”, a song that is both musically compelling and lyrically thought provoking – Beats Per Minute
“one of the most impressive examples of modern electronic pop 2020 has to offer” – The Most Radicalist
“delivering euphoric bass lines against a feverish landscape of conflicting emotions” – Wonderland