- Jennifer Janz
Zsuzi & Anth - Black Velvet
Australian music duo Zsuzi & Anth has just released their interpretation of the early 90s hit Black Velvet, initally released by Alannah Myles.
Realising they were aligned in their vision and purpose to help others through music and save lives, the two musicians joined forces a few years ago and released their debut, You’re Worth It, in 2019.
Zsuzi’s story is borne of hard work and an enduring passion for performing and writing, having had solo success for some period before meeting Anth—Anth’s history runs parallel, experiencing trauma and heartache from an early age but harnessing the power of music for healing.
Individually Zsuzi & Anth’s stories are engaging and endearing, with both experiencing all the low and high points of the music world. Zsuzi & Anth’s second single, Helping Hand, which has a significant backstory, is currently a top ten finalist in the Liverpool International Song Contest in the UK, chosen from over 1,600 song entries from eighteen countries.
Using the classic and broad appeal of Black Velvet to initiate music listeners into their brand of minimalist electro-pop was a clever and highly creative decision, their version of the track that enshrines music legend Elvis Presley in song reverberates with sensual energy. A significant change, aside from utilising synths and a contemporary approach, is the new groove.
‘‘Zsuzi & Anth’s new vision of the track ushers the iconic song into the contemporary music limelight. Lovers of the song will appreciate this unique transference.
The shuffle feel of the original has been replaced by a straightened beat, one that might surprise people familiar with the song. But helped along by the added sonic revamp, the alternate vocal from Zsuzi and Anth (each takes a turn singing a verse), it all works, the song still suggestive of unleashed emotion.
Zsuzi & Anth’s new vision of the track ushers the iconic song into the contemporary music limelight. Lovers of the song will appreciate this unique transference. The rest, noting the superb vocal performances, nuanced and considered production, and generally heightened allure, will become instant fans of the song and, undoubtedly, Zsuzi & Anth.
LISTEN TO ZSUZI & ANTH HERE ONCE RELEASED: