Four a Season by Zinni the Queen is an album that swings gracefully between intimate, soulful jazz and spoken word. This album takes us on a journey through the highs and lows of love. The album is short of an hour by 2 seconds, but my god is every minute worth the listen. She writes and sings about love through the lens of the changing seasons. Zinni covers everything under the sun when it comes to love, from silly little infatuations that give us the two-second dopamine hits to heartaches that can only come with true love.
123 Okay and Elementary
She prepares for us for what’s to come with a 36 seconds prelude- 123 Okay, right at the top. She has you wrapped around her finger immediately. This is followed by Elementary, in which she speaks about crushes and it is as sweet and as silly as fleeting little crushes are. The song is saccharine in nature and the only accompany she has are basic piano instrumental and drum beat that leads the song. But what makes the song sweet is the magnificent harmonising.
The songs are upbeat until we get to Dance which takes a turn into the jazz lane. Its lush with sounds from its techno beats to the drums, you can feel the disco ball drop down in the room. Her smooth vocals gives off an upbeat too cool-for-school air that is infectious. She then goes on to give us gutt wrenching numbers like What Happened To My Sunshine?
Words of Affirmation from and for Zinni the Queen
How can I write this review without mentioning Words of Affirmation. A beautiful compilation of voice recording she collected from and for herself and from a few people near and dear to her. This is testament to yes art is subjective but when art comes from experience and a place that only you know, it touches souls like no other. It is sure to have you in tears by the end of it. You must send this to a loved one who’s having a particularly tough time and it will only bring you closer.
A series that ruffled a few feathers was The Haunting of Bly Manor. A lot of the fans felt that this one didn’t live up to the horror of Haunting of Hill House and I supremely disagree. The writing is beautiful because it revolves around the little deaths that every successful relationship sees. You say goodbye to a version of your loved one and fall in love with the updates version and every version that follows, good and bad. Four Seasons would be the perfect addition to such a meaningful and brilliantly written series.
Zinni must take a bow. How does it feel? To carry so much talent? Must hurt her shoulders. Well it’s Zinni’s world we’re all just extras in it. The way she spreads joy, empowerment and sunshine must be acknowledged. If there is ever a playlist of songs that will make your heart glow, it is Four Seasons by Zinni the Queen.