Zoe Graham has just released new track, Gradual Move, and with Celtic Connections gig on the horizon for Zoe, there’s much to discuss. The Fountain caught up with Zoe about her musical change in direction as well as these successes.
TF: You have a new single out, that must be exciting?
Very exciting, after releasing my EP Hacket & Knackered in 2018 it’s nice to finally show everyone what I’ve been working on. My style has changed quite a bit and so has my songwriting. It’s a lovely feeling.
TF: And what has been the reception been like to Gradual Move, can you elaborate on what inspired the crux of it?
The reaction so far has been great! I’ve overwhelmed with the response and the amount of people who have been listening thus far. It’s a very personal song as it’s all about my transition to adult hood. Moving out my family home, my dog (my trusty companion since 10 years old) passed away, a relationship ending… it’s a eulogy to the past and an anthem to the future.
TF: And how do you feel this differs from previous releases?
I would definitely refer to my older releases as folk music. I used to play acoustic guitar and focus on a lot of acoustic sounds – influenced heavily by Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine etc. This new direction shows my progression with having more fun with music. I’ve been listening to St Vincent, Christine and the Queens, HAIM. I feel this kind of pure pop production has come to the forefront in this new stuff – dumping the acoustic guitar only for live sessions and cracking out the electric!
TF: And you are performing at Celtic Connections, you must be stoked with that news?
Yes! I love Celtic Connections, I’ve played a few times now but the gigs I have coming up are at brilliant venues and with some excellent musicians – buzzin!
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
That’s a very difficult question to answer, they’ve all been great for very different reasons. My tour with Kawala was awesome, gorgeous crowds to play to – so responsive and friendly. It’s like playing through butter (that should become a phrase). However, I can’t not mention my gigs with The Proclaimers, Kate Nash and Jake Bugg – what a treat! To support three icons was such a joy and to be a part of it was something I’ll treasure for life!