ZORA is an American independent alternative / electro-acoustic music duo from Cleveland, formed in 2012, and currently residing in Bradenton, Florida. The duo consists of Zora (vocals, keyboards, production, songwriting) and Xhausen (synthesizer, drum machine, production). Together, they have released their debut full-length album, “Metamorphosis,” in December, 2013. Influenced by the likes of Tori Amos, Björk, and Nine Inch Nails, this duo’s music can be described as ethereal, yet edgy; while their debut album “Metamorphosis” offers a unique fusion of electronic, avant-garde and classic orchestral sounds married to haunting vocals and thought-provoking lyrics.
Hungarian by birth, American by circumstance, Zora’s inspiration for music has been shaped by hardships she experienced early in life. From the sudden loss of her mother at an early age, to her years wandering the U.S. as a first-generation immigrant, Zora’s perceptive lyrics reflect not only the unpredictability of her own past, but her keen observations of the unsound world in which we live today. A former medical student prior to pursuing music full time, Zora decided to take a break from her studies to explore a new path of creativity and expression.
Upon learning music production, experimenting with different sounds, and locking themselves away from the outside world, Zora and Xhausen began writing and recording their first album together. Their common love for Rachmaninoff piano concertos and dark, industrial beats was a match made in heaven. Part autobiographical and part dystopian fantasy, ZORA’s debut full length, “Metamorphosis,” promises to take you on an epic voyage of self-discovery. Sonically, the album spans multiple genres and takes on many forms to reflect the evolving story behind each song; from piano-driven ambient space-soundscapes to heavy bass and primal electronic beats.
Currently, ZORA is working on recording new music, set for release in 2020. ZORA’s live performances promise to be a full audio-visual experience; merging sound with cinematography – and art with technology.
“Zora’s whispery vocals recall Tori Amos on tunes such as Alienation and Cybergalatica. A moody mix of electronic and organic instrumentation, the music sounds something like Portishead or Evanescence.”
– Jeff Niesel, Scene Magazine
“Zora proves to be insanely original & creative on the new release. Together, Zora is bringing you a sound that is so wildly inventive and outside-the-box to the point where you can’t even begin to classify their music. On ‘Metamorphosis’ you will hear elements of: electronica, dance beats, industrial & gothic sounds, classical/orchestral moments & plenty of ambient soundscapes thrown in. Zora and ‘Metamorphosis’ are alternative & indie as can be and that is what makes this group and its concept album so darn intriguing!”
– Jimmy Rae, Skope Magazine