The Story Behind the Gold: w/ XUXA Santamaria

Conquistador - XUXA Santamaria
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Armed with their latin-retro futuristic grooves and a cut throat will to define a new paradigm through art, Sofia & Matt unleashed this song early on from a cage of electronics & programming. Like a Godfrey Reggio time lapse, what were likely weeks of toil on a pair of headphones in an apartment came into existence upon our seemingly grandiose studio in a matter of moments. Beats were flying, synths were triggering and Sofìa erupted onto the track with as much poise but as little effort. It was as if an ancient record had been cued up in their souls and we captured the playback. The verses are short so the chorus, the true narrative, may be drilled in:

“They arrived in January, they arrived in January.
And their coins are crystal
They arrived in January, they arrived in January
And their coins are crystal.”

She speaks of the conquerors, the ones that come and go, era after era, attempting to wrought the same change of ill-effect on their fellow humans, offering false narrative and false hope in the process. This song is a reminder that moments such as these are not coincidence, they are of design. So let us be the greater architects & builder. In the wake of conquerors, let's use this as an opportunity to make stronger what they believe is weak. Nothing can be taken which you don’t allow to be.

Let’s start with music.

Sending positive energy to all of your trajectories,
Zoo Labs


Zoo Labs Digest: The Story Behind the Gold [w/ The Sagas]

Land on Gold - The Sagas

When The Sagas originally showed up to Zoo Labs, they were a completely different band. Different name, different music, different intentions. The deeper they got into the process here, the more in tune they became with how they saw themselves on the other side. Bewildered and on the brink of disenchantment, Land On Gold rumbled out of an acoustic writing session at just the right time. Parry’s perfectly planted lyrics conjured catchy chords from Dustin’s hearty strumming, immediately forming this hook. A couple of microphones and three takes later we had a strong core to build the rest of Land On Gold upon.

This song embodies the mentality that even in the darkest of doubt, there is gold to land on. It is a testament to throwing caution to the wind and giving credit to the value that every moment has in our lives. After all, how can you expect to land on what you want without ever aiming for it?

Sending positive energy to all of your trajectories,
Zoo Labs