...is the project of singer/producer Alex Finesse. With heavy triphop and synthwave influences, Zutsuri combines rich, organic synths with delicate vocals to produce music that is thoughtful, emotional, and nakedly vulnerable.
Alex Finesse learned to sing at a young age by harmonizing to Beatles cassettes in the car. As she grew older, she dabbled in many genres--including folk, dreampop, and psychedelic rock--and nothing stuck. But once she got her first DAW in 2011 and began programming beats and bass synths, she knew she was hooked.
Alex Finesse has released two records as Zutsuri: Umbellu (2012), a jazzy, four-track EP, influenced by 50s exotica and cool jazz, and Fen (2016), a seven-track triphop album that ranges from gentle and pleading to defiant and anthemic.
Strong vocal melodies are the centerpiece of these two records, and Alex shifts seamlessly between the sultry menace of Portishead's Beth Gibbons, the otherworldly playfulness of Bjork and Cocorosie, and the earnest purity of Vashti Bunyan, to create something wholly her own.
Alex is seldomly happy unless she is working on several things simultaneously. She is currently working on her next Zutsuri project, a concept album that will combine synthwave with psychological horror and include an accompanying art booklet.
In addition to that, she is putting together a YouTube comedy series geared toward LGBT nerds, and planning to release a series of cover videos that will highlight David Bowie, Gorillaz, and Cocteau Twins, among many others.
A distant future goal is to co-create indie adventure games, in the style of both Gone Home and LucasArts/Sierra.