Ziva’s new single One hits the scene with a slow groove and a certain seductive intimacy that immediately calms the mood.
Leading the way with fine guitar work, lightly funk and rhythmically refreshing, the song follows a fairly set, hypnotic structure throughout its first two minutes. The lyrics deal with closeness, touch and togetherness, the breathy softness of Ziva’s voice proving perfectly in tune with these sentiments.
Later on, things take a notable change in direction – optimism and unity become melancholic reflections on jealousy and error. It’s brief, and not too emotionally overloading – the sound is still at ease, fairly joyful, but you notice the switch. Fortunately things settle back into the good times for the final quarter.
In a nutshell, One is an organic slow jam with some gorgeous guitar and vocal work – musician and producer Gawain Mathews makes for an ideal partner in the process, and Ziva’s vocal fluidity carries the changing sentiments of the song with entrancing ease. Really nicely done.