Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Zach Churchill recently released “Surrender,” a track lifted from his upcoming album, Greater Than, slated to drop on October 28, 2022.
According to Zach, “‘Surrender’ is about addiction being the result of untreated trauma.”
Talking about the album, Zach shares, “‘Greater Than’ was written and recorded in Sherman Oaks, CA with my producer and friend, Tom Rasulo. Amidst a bunch of changes and trials in my personal life, the studio was a refuge and safe place for me to process all that was happening. I was able to explore difficult feelings, reflect on my current circumstances, and digest painful experiences. Basically, this album was incredibly therapeutic. It represents an incredibly important period in my life when I finally began to trust myself.”
Appearing on the album are Zach Churchill (vocals, guitar), Tom Raulo (drums), Chris Cunningham (bass), and Ross Sellers (lead guitar).
“Surrender” opens on emerging tones flowing into a throbbing rhythm topped by stuttering guitars. Zach’s vulnerable voice reveals aching timbres full of poignant wistfulness and realization. It’s an evocative voice, nuanced, with a delicious ascending lilt that infuses the lyrics with heartrending savors. As the harmonics progress, they take on intensity tinted with glimmers of hope and optimism.
“Each day is the same / I wake up in pain, and repeat what I fear with no resolution / The past, it is real, and it’s living inside you / This pain, it can heal / You can change if you want to…”
A fat, walking bassline and tight, finessed drumming imbue the rhythm with an edgy feel, mirroring the visible disturbance of the harmonics.
With “Surrender,” Zach Churchill exposes his heart and inner thoughts to listeners in a stylish alt-rock arrangement full of profound emotion.