J. Zunz is the solo project of Mexican artist Lorena Quintanilla, better known for her work with the duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete. Three years after the debut album Silente, she announced the release of her second full-length. Hibiscus is out via Rocket Recordings on August 21st across all formats and via Commando Vanessa on cassette. The album is available to preorder on ltd edition ‘Exotic Swirl’ vinyl via the Rocket shop from 9am on Friday (3rd July) – to coincide with the Bandcamp ‘No Fee’ day.

According to the press release, Hibiscus marks a move on sonically from earlier comfort zones in Lorena’s work into minimal electronics, hypnotic repetition and compelling trance states, arriving at a soundworld in which cyclical synth patterns, eerie ambient textures and cathartic vocal exhortations coalesce into a beguiling atmosphere of otherworldly intensity. Although some might hear echoes amongst these songs of the like of Angelo Badalementi’s ghostly raptures, the bleak epiphanies of Nico’s Marble Index or Fifty Foot Hose’s spare sci-fi psychedelia, both the approach and the resulting tapestry here are Lorena’s and hers alone.

It is hard to describe any record as they keep unfolding to me in time” says Lorena. “Now it is almost a year since I recorded it. What I know is that I wrote the album during a personal crisis inside and a political crisis outside. After being profoundly hurt by a person I trusted but also by the structures outside of me. I wrote it during sleepless nights filled with overwhelming thoughts and feelings.” 

We already shared “Y“; “Four Women and Darkness” is a new track. She explains:

‘Four Women And Darkness’ is a story from my grandmother’s childhood. She told me that once during wartime in México in the late 1920’s, she and her sisters were hidden by her grandmother in a little, cold secret room. She hid them there because the militia wanted to search the house. Soldiers used to look for women or girls to rape them or to kidnap them. My grandmother and her sisters stayed there in the dark room for hours until the soldiers left.”  
She continues…”I asked four close friends of mine to express their own darkness. They all come from different cities and backgrounds. I instructed them with some movements remarking and reassuring the limits of our bodies, which for years have belonged to everyone but us.”
Watch it below.