Flaunt PREMIERE | Z Berg "All Out of Tears"
Sonically, Z Berg evokes a Southern Gothic, except you're stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 405 instead of suffering in isolation at a southern plantation. SoCal Gothic, as I like to call it, is where Z Berg finds home — geographically and sonically. The genre is one of darkness, prevalent in the early 19th century, and marks a time of transgressive thoughts and an overall sense of angst brought on by alienation. Z Berg finds entry through the tensions present in the City of Angels. Albeit idyllic, it presents all of the classic tropes: beauty, aging, and anxiety hidden under the guise of utopia. Think Tennessee Williams with an Instagram.
Z Berg has found herself exploring varied offshoots of pop music through alternative outfits, working with Wendy Melvin, of Prince and the Revolution, and Jason Boesel of Rilo Kiley and Bright Eyes fame. Yet the artist sets focus left of center, a take on alterna-pop harrowing in on romantic-sounding folk instrumentation, somewhere between Jenny Lewis and Laura Palmer.
All Out of Tears appears as a song toying with the complexities of conflict and loss in Hollywood post #MeToo, a shift to soft focus reveals an opposite and equal emotion — one that feels like driving with nothing but the open road around you and only the wind to hold you near. The monochromatic clip was co-directed by Z Berg and Ania Catherine.
Z berg will be at the Bootleg theatre this Sunday September 30th; check out the tickets here.
Her single will be released on Oct. 2 on Metropolitan Records
Photographs by: Adrien Sauvage and Rob Perri