Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Zøya, aka Zøya Naumchik, recently released her new single, entitled “Outrageous.”
Explaining the song, Zøya says, “’Outrageous’ is about an emotionally abusive relationship. It highlights the importance of walking away from it even when it is difficult to let it go. The song lyrics are self-explanatory. When I am singing, ‘Outrageous’ I mean that someone has been outrageous to me in a sneaky and disrespectful way. This person has been behaving excessively bad and abusive towards me even after I had to confront it. I had to choose to say no to a ‘toxic stranger,’ and never allow that person to hurt me and/or emotionally abuse me (whether it was verbally or non-verbally) even when it was difficult to let that person go.”
Produced by Jon Joseph, written and co-produced by Zøya, the track was mixed by Dusty Moon and mastered by Ryan Smith.
Born in Pinsk, Belarus, Zøya grew up in Columbus, Ohio, after immigrating to the U.S. when she was 11-years-old, where she listened to inspirational, worship, gospel, and jazz music. A classically trained pianist, she recorded her worship music album, Shalom, at her church, followed by another album, Gratitude, two years later. Her cover of the Russian song “Mama, Milaya Mama” amassed more than 165,000 views on YouTube.
Having written over 50 songs, Zøya has performed for audiences in Ohio, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Washington D.C., as well as Canada and Belarus. She recorded “No Need To Worry” and “God is God” in Minsk, Belarus. Both songs attained vast airplay throughout Russia.
In 2017, she released her debut EP, Veracious Heart, a collection of songs about her tribulations as a teenager, followed by touring in support of the EP, whose single, “I Still Believe,” was streamed by more than 300 college radio stations, along with airplay in the U.S., the UK, and Russia. While on tour, she shared the stage with DNCE, Third Eye Blind, Tegan & Sara, and Fetty Wap.
Passionate about social issues, Zøya has worked as a volunteer with Fight For Children Foundation, Bonner Scholars Program, and the City of Athens, WV, as well as interning for the Speaker of the House. A Christian, Zøya’s goal is to “share my story with everyone, give encouragement through music and dynamic live shows, and most importantly, spread the message of love, hope and self-empowerment.”
“Outrageous” opens on shimmering, oscillating colors flowing into creamy textures riding a muscular rhythm. The melody reflects pop, soul, and R&B savors, as Zøya’s sumptuously evocative voice infuses the lyrics with deliciously nuanced inflections rife with urgent dripping colors. Gleaming glows of vocal harmonies provide radiant dimension, expanding the infectious flavors of the tune.
“You’ve been outrageous to me / And I know I can’t let it be / You dust with your poison / You’re always hiding from me / And I know I can’t let it be, oh.”
“Outrageous” is excellent, riding cool, stylish harmonics topped by Zøya’s deluxe timbres, vaguely reminiscent of Alanis Morissette.