When the voice tells the story, it reveals much more than just words. Its texture, feel, tone, color, personality reveal a story behind the narrative.
A good voice brings out the best of what is said with it. Such is the case of Zelle, a quintet of twenty-something musicians who passionately weave their lives into the music they play. The centerpiece of the band’s music is the voice of singer-songwriter Jeazell Grutas. Brought up in a brood of musicians, Jeazell took her singing and guitar playing more seriously than other kids her age when she was only 14. Years later she formed her own band.
Joining Jeazell in her music-making chores is brother Jasper Grutas who plays drums, Anthony Ramirez who plays violin, Enan Cruz who plays Bass and Archie Salvador who plays lead guitar collectively call themselves Zelle in reference to the voice that put them together.
Their music is set in Alternative Pop-Rock consciousness, with a twist all to its own. It is not the material, arrangement or concept that makes the difference. In fact the themes of their songs are common-found: love, lust—life. Aside from the violin tracks that lace the songs, it is the voice that permeates and grabs you. But what make it shine all the more are its honesty; honesty not only of feelings, but of individual style and the unwavering commitment to their real musical objectives. These are rare among their contemporaries. Thus their music holds its own ground amidst the buffet of present day pop.
The carefully crafted album of 11 original songs christened Search for Warmth is born by the union of both masculine and feminine in the band. Their sound is passionate, melancholic and intimate, yet it is also strong-willed, intense and sometimes aggressive. It is also cozy and heartwarming. It is made up of songs written mainly by the lady-of-the-house. It took over a year of hard work to complete the collection. Part of the time spent on the album was finding their collective musical voice --one that is cohesive and tight yet does not downplay each musician’s strengths. Zelle indeed is a musical wonder.
A L B U M
Album1 : Search For WarmthAlbum Overview Released : 2007
Label : Sony BMG Music
01 Akala Mo Lang
02 Wrong Way
03 As You Believe
04 Hindi Na Sana
06 Coffee Break
08 Kaibigan Blues
09 Ikaw Ang Hanap
11 Ikot Ng Mundo Listen