R ZAK Drops Her Beautiful New Indie Album DIALECTICS

“The title is ‘Dialectics’ which has many meanings, depending on the context,” explains R Zak. “The way I am using it, it is a reciprocal exchange between opposites, mutual sustenance, vital interaction. In working on this album, I gradually realized that I am not satisfied with my music until it is danceable, so I really hope the music moves you physically and elevates your mind. I hope it’s as refreshing as a fresh landscape.”
10 May 2021

By Frank Bell

Portland-based singer-songwriter R Zak drops her genre-spanning album Dialectics,  available everywhere now. 

Drawing from electro-indie, avant-garde, and jazz to name a few, Dialectics is a collage of sound. Focusing on live instrumentation, it journeys through the fast-paced modal and beat-led ‘Silver Slow Moving’, into the ambient and trip-hop-inspired ‘Les Silhouettes’, to the tribally percussive and experimentally electronic ‘El Lagarto Llorando’. This is only a  selection of the masterful 13-track epic. 

“The title is ‘Dialectics’ which has many meanings, depending on the context,” explains R  Zak. “The way I am using it, it is a reciprocal exchange between opposites, mutual sustenance, vital interaction. In working on this album, I gradually realized that I am not satisfied with my music until it is danceable, so I really hope the music moves you physically and elevates your mind. I hope it’s as refreshing as a fresh landscape.” 

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, but living now in Oregon, R Zak has always had music in her veins. Learning her craft as a classical viola player, she has used her instrument in a variety of bands, such as indie, in The Apple Milner Colony, hardcore punk, and reggae collectives, and has opened for bands like Buckethead and Beirut. Growing up listening to anything from classical to mariachi, she now has two Master’s degrees and is a  teacher. This only adds to the amazing achievement R Zak has managed in her new album Dialectics.

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