After releasing a series of self-published songs under the stage name HUSHPUPPY, multi-instrumentalist Zoë Brecher makes her Babe City Records debut in April with Singles Club (Remastered). A collection of shimmering meditations on romance and relationships, the solo album was written and recorded by the New York City-based Brecher, more widely known as a versatile percussionist in several east coast-based projects. Outside of her own recording music, Brecher is also the drummer of Sad13, Kalbells, Sammus, and has performed with Oberhofer, King Tuff, SASAMI, Samantha Urbani, Julian LaMadrid and more.
Brecher has been writing songs since she could form sentences and playing drums since she was 10. After earning a bachelor’s degree in music from Skidmore College in 2012, Brecher created HUSHPUPPY—named for her favorite food—as an outlet for her creativity. Encouraged by feedback from her friends in the Brooklyn music community, Brecher started writing songs and releasing them as semi-secret singles on Bandcamp. In her Hell’s Kitchen apartment where she lived at the time, she recorded all the vocals, guitar, drum sequencing, and bass using just one microphone.
Singles Club (Remastered) is filled with heartfelt and introspective love songs, with addictive riffs and sweet, sometimes raspy, vocal stylings. She concedes her lyrics reflect her passionate and playful personality. As she describes the tracks, “The songs are short and sweet, and mostly about love, which for me is lesbian love. But I wanted them to be relatable to anyone.” She notes that most of the songs were recorded late at night in her living room while her girlfriend slept in the bedroom.
“My songwriting is definitely shaped by how I view romantic love and what I want in my relationships,” Brecher explains. “I’m inspired by the way dogs love humans. I’m also inspired by my parents’ love for each other. I believe my songs reflect passion and vulnerability.”
Although Brecher initially released Singles Club five years ago, the final Babe City Records’ release was mastered by noted audio engineer Amar Lal of San Francisco-based Macro Sound. The remastered version provides a fresh, polished sheen that brings HUSHPUPPY’s lofi sound to a stronger and clearer place. “With my music, I want to make people feel good,” she says, “and I want them to know they are not alone when they don’t.”
Singles Club (Remastered) will be released on April 23, 2021, available as a limited-edition cassette and digitally worldwide.
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