"great storytelling takes a leap forward..."
Sometimes it takes an epic journey to gather up the life experience to make an album that is at once timeless and beautiful. This is precisely what transpired with ZACAS whose debut album, Corner House, marks a significant moment for South Africa’s folk pop scene – and introduces a sublimely talented duo to the international music arena.
Luigi and Salva Zaca have undoubtedly endured a marathon expedition that provides the raw material for a set of original songs about some of life’s big themes. The brothers grew up in Pretoria, a city more known for being South Africa’s capital than providing the irresistible impulse for exploring the wider world (in the case of Luigi and Salva, sometimes against some hefty odds).
'...sometimes it takes an epic journey to gather up the life experience to make an album that is at once timeless and beautiful and introduces a sublimely talented duo to the international music arena." ~ Diane Coetzer
Corner House is confirmation of Luigi’s sense that the very process of embarking on a journey would result in an album that they are now proud to present to the world. Savings from a year of working in West Palm Beach (in a shipyard on a motor yacht called “Carolina”) gave them time away from boat work to write the album. The space and energy provided by their parents during the songwriting period means Corner House is also a tribute to them.
Helping capture the simplicity yet high musicianship of ZACAS was Rob O'Brien who produced the album with ZACAS. Recorded by JP de Stefani (another South African of Italian extraction) at B Sharp Studios in Johannesburg, the album has been produced with a sensitivity to the timelessness of the music and the organic feel that the brothers’ constantly strive for.
Salva describes the journey to Corner House as “epic”. It’s one that has resulted in an album that’s about “inspiration, reconciliation, reinventing yourself, and dealing with a lot of emotions,” adds Luigi. Concludes his brother: “ZACAS is a commitment. I am committed to Luigi, giving him the opportunity to say what he wants to say through music and he gives me the same thing. Being in this band is about putting everything aside for the sound, for the music that joins us.”