UZA‘s journey as an artist has progressed quickly over her active years. Her solo work and duo work in UZA&SHANE have a lot of parallels with both using a foundation in electronic music. Previously, UZA’s solo work carried a more standard electronic pop style. It was always unique to her own voice and showed a lot of foundational work and exploration. Now with her first proper full length, Banality of Evil, UZA has really established her place within the electronic genres many artists.
Even the start of Banality of Evil with “Salvation,” comes across aggressive. UZA previously favored more electronic pop elements in her music, making most of the melodies and danceable tracks. “Salvation” is bringing her side of industrial elements with pulsing percussion instrumentals and creating tension before moving into “S.O.S.” From the first verse, it’s clear that UZA is using her composition and arrangements to push a different tonal style. I wouldn’t say it’s more “mature,” but feels a lot more deliberate. Every sample, instrument, and beat is very specifically placed.
“S.O.S” shows that UZA knows how to layer a lot of samples together and creating an audio net to keep listeners inside. It doesn’t get confusing and she highlights the important parts easily. Lokid‘s feature on “Shout” shows two things. UZA creates tracks that are versatile and can be supported by different artists. The second is that she’s moved her style forward.
Banality of Evil is a serious album. By using her electronic foundations, she’s moved away from an easily digestible set of tracks to a more deliberate and focused narrative. With some of her older releases, I enjoyed them at the time, but they didn’t stick in a rotation that long. This album continues to showcase new pieces of UZA and she’s built on her old releases but constructed something new.
I feel like this is a new chapter for UZA. While I don’t think she necessarily needs to stay within this tense electronic atmosphere, she had shown her abilities aren’t locked to a single overall style. Banality of Evil is certainly a step into the “don’t-give-a-fuck” territory where UZA’s composing her thoughts without worrying about exterior perception. This album is a walk into UZA’s audio universe and you’re welcome to experience it, but your judgement means nothing.