Syn Illusión

by J Hacha De Zola

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J Hacha De Zola isn’t himself these days.

As the Rahway, New Jersey artist preps his fourth album of “urban junkyard” tunes – prompting Paste to proclaim him “a wild man in the vein of such fire breathing artists like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Captain Beefheart,” he is taking an unexpected detour. “Syn Illusión” an original, all-Spanish language EP that Hacha De Zola will release on Nov. 16th via the artist’s Caballo Negro label, could very well open this man that UTNE described as “the kind of alluring character found in old children’s books” to an audience as unexpected as this release is itself.

“A dear friend challenged me to step outside of this ‘J Hacha’ guy,” Hacha De Zola says, “She actually can’t stand him! He’s chaotic, he’s mean, he’s a caricature of some debauched carnival barking fire breather. Maybe ‘J Hacha’ had a more sensitive side; maybe that guy would write a record in Spanish, my first language. I originally went into this idea of a record in Spanish telling myself, ‘I’m just going to do a stripped down Hacha record, but it didn’t turn out that way at all!’“

“‘Syn Illusión’ means ‘without delusion’ in Spanish,” Hacha De Zola continues, “but it also refers to the heavy synth sounds on this EP. The “stripped down” J Hacha De Zola sound that he says he was going for is has actually turned out to be his most produced effort to date. “My producer had all these really cool vintage synths, keyboards, Mellotrons, farfisas and retro synth emulators in the studio, so I thought, “well hell, let’s go heavy with these! I love retro 80’s synth sounds.”

Where J Hacha De Zola albums (including his upcoming 2019 full-length) tend to pull from various musical bags – Blurt Magazine described “a compelling all-over-the-map collision of jazz, blues, show tunes, garage rock, and Latino flavors. At points, hypnotic, cinematic, lush, and dissonant,” the four songs on “Syn Illusión” are none of that.

“Despite the lyrics and vocals being in Spanish, the music is essentially just one thing,” Hacha De Zola says, “it’s not Latin by any stretch; it’s some kind of dreamy emo synth pop.” One may be reminded of the opening strains of Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” or Irene Cara’s film theme “Flashdance… What A Feeling,” a brilliant stroke that someone needed to make happen sooner or later.

“I somehow got in touch with my inner ‘broken-hearted 17-year-old girl from 90’s,” Hacha De Zola jokes. “I think of this as some kind of ‘undead Romeo vampire-like dude crooning about love, power, and magic.” The EP’s title track and single bares those vampire teeth as soon as the output a smoke machine in the mind begins to fade.

“This track set the precedent for the rest of the EP,” Hacha De Zola says. “There was a bit of anxiety there, but rather than to give in to my nerves, I doubled down on this poppy, synthy, syrupy sound and just went for it. I was reading a lot of Pablo Neruda’s poetry at the time. It’s so rich in dark romanticism, and it really inspired the lyrical content of these songs, especially the track ‘Syn Illusión.’”

“I played the EP for a few of my closest confidants, who are generally very critical of what I usually do,” Hacha De Zola reveals. “My music is generally not their cup of tea, but everyone seems to love this EP! This experience has left me scratching my head.”

As it turns out, maybe Hacha De Zola IS himself these days?

“Syn Illusión,” the upcoming four-song all-Spanish language EP by J Hacha De Zola is scheduled for release on Nov. 16th via the artist’s Caballo Negro label. Hacha De Zola’s fourth full-length album is scheduled for release in early 2019.

Released by:
Caballo Negro
Release date:
15 November 2018


released November 16, 2018

Produced/engineered/mixed by Jerry Ramos
Mastered by Nuno Del Toro at Mercury
Vox & acoustic guitar by J Hacha De Zola
All other instruments by Jerry Ramos
Recorded during the Summer of 2018 in Rahway NJ at Mercury Recording Studios


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J Hacha De Zola New York, New York

“The kind of alluring character found in old children’s books.”


“A wild man in the vein of such fire breathing artists like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Captain Beefheart.”

— Paste

“A fantastic power that is as carnival-like and playful as it is possessed and cacophonic.”

— Atwood Magazine
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Track Name: Syn Illusión
Syn illusion

verse 1
en sueño te encuentre
pintando mi triste ternura
te tuve en mis brazos
Ilenando mi Corazon

ya tu verás
ya tu verás
ya tu verás

verse 2
lejos el viento canta
gritando sus palabras
se calle la luna
no fue un illusión

ya tu verás
ya tu verás
ya tu verás

Syn illusion (English Translation)

Without Delusion - title

verse 1
I found you in my dreams
painting my sad tenderness
I had you in my arms
filling my heart

you will see
you will see
you will see

verse 2
far away the wind sings
screaming your words
and the moon fell from the sky
this was no illusion

you will see
you will see
you will see
Track Name: Otro Lado
Otro Lado

verse 1
voy al otro lado
soledad de sueño
bajo el cielo
Un pobre corazón
callado voy luchando
sufriendo en silencio
el viento pasa cantando
corto es el amor

verse 2
canta una vela
en la oscuridad
fuego en tus ojos
sueño en tu boca
te tuve en mis brazos
pero ya no estás
tan triste y dulce
A dónde vas

English translation

Otro Lado (the other side)

verse 1
Im going to the other side
the loneliness of my dreams
under the sky
this poor heart
quietly I continue to fight
suffering in silence
the wind goes on singing
short is love (meaning it doesn’t last long)

verse 2
a single candle sings
in the darkness
fire in your eyes
sleep on your lips
I had you in my arms
but now you are gone
so sad and sweet
where are you going?
Track Name: Lejos De Me
Lejos De Mi

Verse 1
Mia, eres mia
voy aullando
de mí
huían los pájaros
vuelan por el mar
pero nunca llegan
La angustia y el olvido llegarán

Verse 2

hora de seguir otro camino
grito de frente del mar
cuanto de habrá dolido

lejos de mi
ella esta lejos de mi
lejos di mi
ella esta lejos di mi

English Translation -

Lejos De Mi (Far From Me)

Mine, you are mine
I go on howling
from me
all the birds flee
they fly by the sea
but they never arrive
Anguish and forgetfulness
arrive instead

Verse 2

time to follow another path
im screaming in front of the sea
How much will it hurt?
I drive it all away

far from me
she is far from me
far from my
she is far away from me
Track Name: El Mago Negro
El Mago Negro

Verse 1
sigo otro camino.
para noches largas como ésta.
simple como un anillo.
que cae sobre.
mi mano herida.

Verse 2
tu cuerpo soleado.
hace mucho tiempo que te amo.
cancion desesperada.
eres mi cielo.
eres mi luna.

Verse 3
fuego como una ola.
Brillantes hojas iluminadas.
Rojo lirio de incendio.
La vi bailando.
de mi ventana.

English Translation

The Dark Priest

Verse 1
I now follow another path.
On long nights like this one.
as simple as a ring.
that falls upon
my injured hand

Verse 2
your sunny body
I have loved you for a long time.
oh this desperate song.
you are my Heaven.
you are my moon.

Verse 3
fire like a wave.
Bright illuminated leaves.
Red fire lily.
I saw her dancing
from my window.

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