It’s been well over a year since London’s Zoey Lily released her first single, “Edges“. The young singer-songwriter now returns with the chilling Nothing. It’s an intimate number that gradually builds with the slow thud of percussion and a distant piano while haunting harmonies echo behind Lily’s vulnerable vocals and poetic storytelling.
“I wrote “Nothing” based on one of my poems,” explains Lily. “Usually, I don’t think about a specific feeling or experience when writing, it comes together in a very intuitive way. I like to play around with melodies and phrases until it makes sense. This time I had the lyrics before anything else, so it was songwriting in reverse. I started by taking the poem’s opening lines – “Don’t look back, there’s nothing to reverse / Crawling in circles, the times we were cursed” – and formed the first melody around that.” This is a single being walking through the storm of their scenery and the unknown cast in its uncertain shadows with icy blue slivers in the cold air. Nothing is a stunning and welcome return from the promising Zoey Lily.