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: