Baby Zionov Shares New Single ' for Judy Dunaway, Mother of Balloon Music (Feat. Marika Pratley)'
Baby Zionov is the musical project of Aaliyah Zionov (she/her), a musician and songwriter currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Baby Zionov's music takes influence from 90s happy hardcore, 70s space disco, and vintage 16-bit video game soundtracks. She lays her playfully sensual vocals delicately throughout the mix.
Today she shares For Judy Dunaway, Mother Of Balloon Music (feat. Marika Pratley), the final single from her new album Henrietta, out July 1 via Sunreturn.
For Judy Dunaway, Mother Of Balloon Music (feat. Marika Pratley) is indicative of Zionov'screative practice. It is playfully inventive, synthesising avant-garde concepts into something accessible, and most importantly - danceable.
The song is always a highlight at Baby Zionov's live shows, and sets the tone for Henrietta, acting as the album's opening track.
"What I love about balloons is that they’re a cheap toy that secretly can be used to make all sorts of ridiculous, diverse unpredictable sounds across basically the entire spectrum of human hearing," says Zionov.
"There’s a small but beautiful lineage of experimental musicians using balloons that dates back to at least the 1960s, but Judy Dunaway, who I pay tribute to in the song title, was the first to really develop it and dedicate her life’s work to it."
"In this song, I use Dunaway’s techniques by rubbing, squeezing, and deflating balloons over a hot techno beat, and my talented friend Marika (Class War on the Dance Floor,Moody V and The Menstal Cycle) plays the electric violin alongside them. I hope listeners get a kick out the way the two instruments intertwine and blur into each other!"
To celebrate the release of her debut album Henrietta, Baby Zionov has organised a stacked line up to perform at Whammy Backroom featuring A. C. Freazy, deepState plus secret special guests.
$15 pre-sale tickets are available from Undertheradar.co.nz, with tickets increasing to $20 on the door.