Exclusive EP Premiere: KEZRA – Fortress (2023 EP)


The ups and downs of life in your twenties through the prism of a singer/songwriter have been masterfully captured by Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter KEZRA in her debut EP, Fortress.  We are delighted to have the first listen of these intimate recordings ahead of its release tomorrow, 11th August 2023.

Five captivating songs track the good and the bad of this journey, covering heartbreak and loss, through to new love and dreamy optimism. The first two “Fortress’ and “Back Home” adroitly reflect on past relationships. With lines such as “you took my favourite song” and “But the fear of getting old, it tore us all apart. I’d always thought you’d find your way back home”, KEZRA knows how to keep the listener focused. The moody guitars, infused with distortion and reverb are paired beautifully.

The tempo lifts as we move into the next track, “Insane”, a liberating bop about tempestuous love. “Morning” is lush, layered and gorgeous. It swirls and grabs at the heartstrings. KEZRA skilfully captures the emotions of our journey through our twenties with laser-sharp songwriting and a guitar-driven sonic palette that matches beautifully.

KEZRA talks about the inspiration behind her EP Fortress

The EP is all about navigating through my crazy twenties, in failures, loss, heartache, hope, new love and finding my strength between all of that. Working with my producer, Mark, helped all the songs tie together with this theme of nostalgia in reflection of my early 20s, with the old tape-recording sounds and distorted electric guitars. I feel this EP represents myself as the artist I am today, just a girl who loves to write poppy chorus hooks and heart-breaking melodies with a guitar in hand.”

Fortress was produced by Mark Zito (Fractures) and mixed by Matt Neighbour (Matt Corby, The Avalanches, Middle Kids). Fans of Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers and Holly Humberstone should find plenty to love here.

KEZRA will be launching the EP at a one-off show at God’s Bandroom in Mornington on Saturday the 19th August – details below.

You can pre-save Fortress HERE, and in the meantime, enjoy our exclusive premiere.


KEZRA Fortress Launch Show

Saturday, 19th August – God’s Bandroom – Mornington, 7pm – tickets HERE

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Bruce Baker

Probably riding my bike, taking photos and/or at a gig. Insta: @bruce_a_baker