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Mica Levi furnishes the new A24 flick with a sticky sweet suite of strings chimes and trap tics, sequenced here with snatches of dialogue by the cast.
‘Zola’ is Janicza Bravo's film adaptation of a viral Twitter story written by Aziah “Zola” Wells, regaling her tale of a jag to Florida with another stripper, her boyfriend and her pimp. It’s an A24 film, so you know it’s going to get twisted, and Mica follows the narrative with a strong palette of synths, strings and rhythmelodic motifs that coolly conveys a sort of hot and sleazy Floridian atmosphere.
There are canny chops of dialogue from the film’s leads strewn throughout, including a bit of Nicolas Braun aka Greg “The Egg” from ’Succession’ for those in need of a wally fix there, while the fruitier synth flourishes can’t help but remind us of James Ferraro or Maxwell Sterling’s neon neo-classical evocations of modern day American lustre and bluster, and with a distinct twinkle of Harmony Korine-esque surreality and darkness just below the surface.