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“Built on piano, synthesizers and Daou’s mesmerizing, Billie Holiday-like vocals, ‘Zipless’ strikes an exquisite balance between pop and jazz by weaving together the strengths of both styles…. the music conjures the cool mood of an urban nightscape.” – TIME Magazine
“To be Zipless is a philosophical act couched as a sexual one. Zipless reminds us that freedom has as much to do with how one governs ‘self’ as the laws we are ruled by. Zipless speaks the language of freedom, which is felt and fought from the inside. It reminds us that artists are the ultimate risk takers and thrill seekers. Its directive is to take your message and leap — fearlessly — into the dark.” – Vanessa Daou
Vanessa Daou’s 1994 solo debut ‘Zipless: Songs from the Works of Erica Jong’ is set for its long-awaited vinyl release on December 7, 2018.
Issued on vinyl for the first time, Zipless will be released as a remastered, limited edition heavyweight 180g black vinyl LP in celebration of the landmark album’s 25th anniversary.
The world was introduced to the singularly bold statement of Zipless in 1994. An ambitious collaboration between Vanessa, her then-husband and musical partner Peter Daou, and pioneering feminist/poet/novelist Erica Jong, the ten-track selection of songs/spoken word pieces derived its name from Jong’s best-selling novel Fear of Flying, which became an immediate sensation upon publication in 1973 (selling over 23 million copies worldwide).
Hailed as a landmark debut and breathtaking tour-de-force, Zipless was an innovative hybrid seamlessly melding velvety jazz, soul, dance, ambient pop and sultry electronica into an intoxicating synthesis that was equally sensuous and sublime. Masterfully crafted from adaptations of selected poems from Erica Jong’s acclaimed anthology Becoming Light, the alluring collection of steamy erotica and emotive narratives (about femininity, sexual pleasure, desire and self-awareness) was a daringly unabashed and uninhibited exploration of female sexuality and womanhood.
Vanessa was the ideal muse to breathe new life into Erica’s vivid evocative poems. Her gauzy windswept vocals and fragrant melodies elegantly embodied, conveyed and amplified the intimacy, heightened sexuality and philosophical/intellectual assertions of Jong’s stimulating words. Coupled with Peter’s spacious arrangements, slinky percolating beats and smooth languid grooves, the duo created a simmering moodscape that underscored the album’s sensual tunefulness and thrilling hedonistic expanses.
Zipless was an international commercial breakthrough that resonated with the literati, dance music cognoscenti and mainstream audiences yielding Daou’s signature classics “Near the Black Forest” and “Sunday Afternoons”, alongside treasured deep cuts like “Becoming A Nun”, “The Long Tunnel of Wanting You” and “Alcestis On the Poetry Circuit”. It remains an enduring touchstone and Vanessa Daou’s most iconic and influential works.
The Long Tunnel of Wanting You / Dear Anne Sexton / Alcestis On the Poetry Circuit / Sunday Afternoons / Autumn Perspective / Near the Black Forest / My Love is Too Much / Becoming A Nun / Smoke / Autumn Reprise
Zipless – 180g Vinyl LP includes:
● 11×22″ fold out poster
● Lyric sheet insert
● Zipless digital download
Signed Limited Edition 11 × 17″ Print
The Zipless Plus bundle includes:
The Zipless Deluxe Bundle includes:
Signed & Dedicated Vinyl Album Test Pressing
● Zipless digital download
Handwritten lyrics [reproductions of Vanessa’s adapted lyrics taken from Erica Jong’s original poems]