Classical pianist turned pop surrealist, ZILLA, continues her foray into altpop this week with hypnotic new single, ‘Sleepwalker’. It bounce, it stomps, it bubbles and it imprints itself on your mind’s ear immediately.

Based on what the singer describes as an intense sleepwalking experience one Christmas in Copenhagen, the song explores loss of control and embracing the unpredictable and mysterious other person that we are but who we don’t know. The video was shot in the Ivory Coast and receives its first airing here.

The track was produced by quirkmeister general, Matthew Herbert, who has also signed Zilla to his Accidental label for her first run of singles. “I like the fact that Zilla can sit at a piano and bash out some Rachmaninov and Debussy, but chose instead to make an ahead-of-its-time record out of the ephemera of ordinary life”, Herbert says.

Of the events on that fateful Christmas night in Copenhagen, Zilla says: "Around 3am, I fell off my bed, my body was probably in between fast asleep and sleepwalking so I fell very heavily on the floor, which woke up my family. They came rushing to see what was wrong, and found me on the floor, blindfolded and screaming at anyone who would try to take my blindfold off. On closer inspection they realised that my finger was cut and badly bleeding. After a few minutes, I woke up and looked at my finger and noticed a very precise, rectangular cut from my nail - which was now missing - to the side of my finger. There were no sharp objects and there was no blood on my bed so we never found out how this happened till this day."

Zilla created the beat that pushes and underlines the track by whistling through the pages of a book, knocking a light bulb against a mic, a stanley knife, a rubber band and a few bursts of laughs. “The book represents the fairytale”, Zilla explains. “The whistle through the pages is the eerie vibe, the broken light bulb represents the night, the stanley knife represents the cut on my finger and the rubber band represents the stretch of my mind’s imagination”.

Evocative stuff!

The Sleepwalker is released tomorrow on Accidental Records