ZUSTRA – Back to Dark

Weekly5 – Edition #10

Photo: Till Rimmele

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, an aquatint by Spanish Francesco de Goya, is the centerpiece of Back to Dark. The Croatian-German songwriter ZUSTRA interprets the dreadful image in her latest work. “The dream of reason creates monsters,” she sings. The Dream of Reason will also be the title of her debut album, coming this autumn.

Photo: Till Rimmele

Back to Dark is about a trade-off between reality and dreams, and the question of which is actually the more fatal illusion: following a fantasy or believing in one’s own sanity,” she explains.

And how does this idea sound? Simply put: It’s a soaring epos of nightmarish proportions. ZUSTRA, lately selected as one of the most important newcomers in 2021 by Berlin magazine ‘tip,’ demonstrates her potential and shatters any doubts.

Back to Dark punches black holes into your stomach, consuming every ray of light. The buzzing synthesizer cuts through reality like a chainsaw. And when the single gets calmer, the world seems to freeze in time. Back to Dark is a stunning cinematic experience.

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