ZALI’s new single is what beautiful, vulnerable pop music sounds like.

At first listen, ‘Girls Like Us’ has all the trappings of an empowerment anthem. There’s bubbling percussion, steady, thumping bass – and ZALI’s voice is calm, almost steely.

But there’s another angle, and its a voice that’s less sure of itself. And as ZALI sings, her words give away a constant back and forth between celebrating her new freedom, while silent aching for a relationship that’s fallen apart.

Ultimately, ‘Girls Like Us’ is about ZALI’s determination to head out and move on – but there’s an underlying sadness to the song that suggests she’s only doing so because she has no other choice.