Zebra & Giraffe’s new EP ‘Slow Motion’ will be released on Friday 13 November 2015. Zebra & Giraffe is known as one of South Africa’s finest rock acts, with two SAMA wins and more than 15 radio hits over the past seven years. Their passion to move beyond what they’re known for musically is evident in the unpredictability of each new release. The good news for fans who are curious to hear what Zebra & Giraffe has come up with on this new offering, is that the EP will be available for pre order on iTunes from Friday 30 October 30. The first single ‘It’s All The Same’ will also be available to buy on iTunes (as a single or as an instant grat track when you pre order the EP). The single will also be available for streaming on Apple Music, Deezer, TIDAL, Spotify, Google Play and Rdio.
Zebra & Giraffe did the pre-production for the new album at Openroom in Greenside and then flew to San Francisco to record the EP with American producer Cian Riordan (HOLYCHILD, The Wombats). – This is the first time that they have worked with a new producer after doing four albums with Darryl Torr. Greg Carlin says: “Working with a new producer for the first time in our career was really refreshing and a good step for us. We’ve worked with Darryl (Torr) on 4 albums now and he and the band agreed it was time to try something different. Initially we were nervous working with someone else, but immediately after our first Skype call with Cian, we knew we’d found the right guy. I think the 2 main things he brought to the table was a fresh perspective on song choice, and a simplification of the production process. We’re so used to layering our sound in studio – we’d layer at least 5 to 10 guitars plus effects on any given part. That layering has in a sense become our signature sound, but it also allowed us to hide behind it. I think we got away with a lot. Cian stripped everything back to its core and made sure the hooks and the playing were all super strong. It’s definitely given us a bolder and punchier sound.”
Zebra & Giraffe spent seven days recording at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach (20min from San Francisco) Carlin says that the band loved every minute of it. “The studio (Panoramic House) had some of the best vintage gear in, so it was a real treat to be able to record there” They also got to record the vocals and piano for “You Are” live at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood. “We got a really great piano player named Dan Martinez to come in and play live while I sang in the booth. It was a great experience to record in that room – The piano was the same one Stevie Wonder recorded “Songs In The Key Of Life” on and parked just next to it was Slash’s cruiser bike that he was given by Conan O’Brien! Very Hollywood.”
The EP really isn’t focused on one specific type of song or genre. The sound across the 5 songs is diverse. Carlin explains: “On this project we wanted to push ourselves in different directions and not play it safe by producing the same thing we have before.” The searing “Redefine” finds the bands exploring its heavier side with Carlin pushing his voice to new heights. You Are” and “Slow Motion” find Carlin and the band exploring more positive themes than on past releases, whilst “It’s All The Same” and “Won’t Break Down” blur the barriers between pop and rock and will be stuck in your head for days. “You Are” also features newcomer Ruby Gill on vocals.