If you aren't familiar with the genre-bending indie-electronic artist Verzache, then you've chosen a great time to tap in. After releasing a string of singles (3 of which have over a million streams on Spotify) – the wait is finally over for the highly anticipated album, My Head is a Moshpit.
The Toronto native, Zach Farache began his musical journey releasing eclectic 808 heavy, trap-esque electronic beats on SoundCloud in 2014, which ignited the fuse for his growing, dedicated fanbase. Naturally, he's since evolved, and began singing on his own tracks, holding on to his electronic roots, but letting it sprout into a newborn worldly sound we hear on My Head is a Moshpit.
On my first full listen, I was blown away. With albums, you never know if it's just a bunch of singles tied together without any cohesion, but Farache streamlines the tracks (which are a culmination of his work from December 2018 to August 2020) to transition effortlessly into one another, making the album feel like one long song you never want to end. One such example is the transition from the end of "Messed Up," where you hear a phone ringing in the outro, leaving listeners wondering if it will be picked up, only to hear this same ringing sound in the intro of "Calling," to which listeners learn (spoiler alert) the call goes unanswered. Brilliant.
Aside from his previously released singles including "All I Need," and "Look Away," his track "Mouth Shut," is a standout for me. Verzache found a compelling balance between showing off his production skills and his vocal prowess with a vibe that is equal parts nostalgic and progressive, that has the tangibles to go very hard in a live setting. The deep electronic sawtooth bassline evokes a moodiness within the first 10 seconds, only to meet Verzache's vigorous vocal tone in the chorus soon after: when he sings, "Feel nothing so, I'm gon' keep my mouth shut." Ironically, this song makes me feel many different emotions, and Zach really uses this track to speak on behalf of how he was feeling at the time.
Another favorite for me is "Think About It," where we get more of his 808 bounce sound, diehard fans will be pleased to hear. Zach explores the incessant struggle to not think about his ex, only to admit that as hard as he tries, he can't refrain.
"Try not to think about it, yea,
but I'll think as long as I live.
Still gonna think about it, still wondering if,
you need me."
The overall vulnerability and introspection Farache reveals on the album gives listeners more reason to cling to his sound, and to him as an artist. All of his music has a contrasting emotional balance, to fit happier moods, but also comfort you when you're feeling sad. With elements of guitar, synthesizers, and velvety pads, Verzache guides you through his head, which indeed is a moshpit – full of pioneering melodies and soundscapes. For indie pop, alternative, hip hop, and electronic fans alike, there's something on here for you all, and you won't regret exploring the mind of Zach Farache. Listen below.