Rachael Cardiello returns to her hometown theater with a new sound, new band and new record. With layered synth and driving beats, Toronto-based ZINNIA brings an explosive range to Cardiello’s writing, equal parts intimate and fierce.
Since the release of their first single in February, ZINNIA has been turning heads; winning acclaim in the press including CBC’s “Best Lyrics of 2019,” touring across North America and making festival appearances including a showcase at POP Montreal. ZINNIA will perform material from their debut album Sensations in Two Dot available November 22, 2019.
Joining ZINNIA with an opening set is Bombshell Nightlight – the songwriting project of Jon Cardiello. True to its bedroom-pop roots, Bombshell Nightlight’s last album Placid Lake features DIY recordings in which Jon played each instrument and mixed the tracks himself while isolated in a Montana cabin. Intricate, open-hearted songs mixed with a wildly intuitive sense of pop melodies and catchy hooks that can only be attributed to Jon’s years writing and touring with his Missoula band Wrinkles.
About the album:
Sensations in Two Dot focuses on moments of doubt – creative, societal, and personal – exploring what it means to hold compassion through the multifaceted grey areas of life. Whether in the isolated town of Two Dot, Montana (population 143) or the buzzing streets of Toronto (population 2.6 million), these nine songs probe the complex, unsettling similarities found in the human experience: the hauntings of unrelenting dreams, tensions and tender triumphs in relationships, systems of abuse threaded through communities, and the search for compassion and visibility in everyday interactions. Cardiello pokes fun at the myth of the artistic “sensation” and the popular thirst for sensationalism in news and art.