If you find yourself navigating the subways of NYC, you might just stumble upon the enchanting melodies of a live performance by local singer-songwriter and composer, Atif Afzal who goes by the artist name A-Zal. With vocals akin to warm honey and lyrics brimming with sincerity, A-Zal’s music radiates a feel-good pop vibe. Hailing from London, A-Zal draws inspiration from iconic British pop acts like Ed Sheeran, whose influence shines through in his captivating sound.
With already a decade of successfully composing for series and films under his belt (Ms. Marvel, NCIS, Loki, The Twilight Zone), A-Zal recently released his new single Autopilot after charting on US radio Mediabase charts with his debut single Movie Script. Movie Script peaked at #51 on the Mediabase TOP 40 Activator Charts, and this momentum carried on with the release of his second single, Lonely Town in October 2023, whose video earned a prestigious nomination at the 2023 Montreal Independent Film Festival in the Best Music Video category.
Autopilot gives us a sparkling preview into A-Zal’s upcoming album – an earnest and introspective yet uplifting track that features sunny acoustic guitars and honey sweet vocals that build up to a powerful chorus.
Autopilot‘s minimalist self-directed music video features the singer-songwriter donning gold fabric and avant-garde black shades that A-Zal says symbolises “glory while hiding vulnerabilities”, ”conveying the underlying theme of yearning for a wholehearted connection”.
All in all, Autopilot is a deftly crafted piece of storytelling pop that signals more great things to come from this prolific talent.