It’s here. I always enjoy putting this list together. I make no claims to be exhaustive. But I hope you check these artists out. All of ’em. Yes. All 66 of ’em. And be sure to follow the playlist at the end of the feature.
Abby Holliday – A shout out on Spotify’s playlist titled Chill Vibes is always a good sign, methinks. Enter Abby Holiday of Cincinnati. She was given a shoutout by another music reviewer I respect, Noah Hardwick of Indie Vision Music in his 2021 retrospective. Pensive indie songwriting with lush production. Truthfully, the more I dig into this artist the more reasons why I find she should have been on my radar a long time ago.
Abel – Turning on Abel’s latest single “Word Vomit,” a sound resulted that I wasn’t expecting. What happens when you mix glitchcore with washed out LoFi rock? Abel. But as Zakary Kolesar accurately pointed out in a review of Abel’s Happy Belated, “Genre-splaining as a way to streamline listeners to a product they might like has become an ineffective way of pitching music.” In any case, look for Abel at a house show in the not too distant future and enjoy the ride.
THE AFRXNTS – Pronounced “Afro-nauts”, this group out of Mansfield, OH has long been a vastly underrated collective. My first encounter with these folks was at Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, played direct support for a freak-out math-jazz improv group. I was immediately impressed by their quiet confidence onstage and just how smooth they were. Their latest self-titled EP cements them as one to watch.
All Hallowed – Had we been allowed to talk about this project last year, they would have been on our 2021 bands to watch list. This dance punk duo from Dayton hit the ground running in a big way, dropping two EPs via the emerging label Friend Club Records. The first EP even enlisted THE Aaron Gillespie for session drums. The haunting yet infectious sound will have you yearning for their unassuming aggression.
Anhedonia Falls – When I pressed play on the first song to pop up by this band, I was legitimately shocked that they don’t have more monthly listeners. The highest compliment I can give a metal band is that they woke me up from a stupor or a low energy spell and caused me to (in)voluntarily air drum. This band had (has) that effect on me.
Anna Kathleen – Kicking off the new year on Instagram with a cover of Phoebe Bridgers’ “I Know The End” is a bold move. But Anna Kathleen proves she’s up for it. Why? She is adept at injecting her Americana meets grunge take on the sad girl indie sound into her songs. While “sad girl indie” is seen by some to be a cliché, there’s a reason it’s so popular, and when someone lends a fresh take on something familiar, I have to tell people about it. So here I am, telling you about this artist.
Brightest London – Jeremy Steckel, best known for his work with Wolves at the Gate and as the head honcho of an increasingly prolific studio, recently joined forces during quarantine with Cincinnati based Linsley (aka Darity) for a new collaborative dream pop/cinematic indie project titled Brightest London. He had been recording under the moniker for sometime, but 2021 saw the project get fleshed out into the collaboration it was destined to be. How far the duo hopes to take the project remains to be seen, but this is top notch indie that would work great for sync licensing, without sounding too contrived. The next single is a collaboration with Embleton and is out January 21st.
Cal Parker – Only one single is out so far, but it’s enough to show a fresh face meshing folk, soul and rock and roll is about to take the scene by storm. Her image is as meticulously crafted as her sound. Most importantly, I love her message. A recent post of hers reads “I want you to hear a song I write or see my posts and think ‘She’s being brave. I’ll be brave too.’ And then I hope you go make something. That’s the real goal.” We’re out here trying, Cal.
Cellar Dwellar – I’ve been around the Columbus scene long enough to see DIY scenes come and go. Cellar Dwellar, a band who exists somewhere between the realms of shoegaze, emo and straight up loud rock is here to lead the charge of the new era of Cbus DIY. They’re prolific posters on the r/Columbus subreddit, recently booked and ran their own festival (and earned some haterade online for it – a badge of honor, in our opinion), and put out some passionate rock and roll this year. Oh, and they aren’t afraid to scream loudly on Tik Tok.
Chelsea Pastel – Any artist that kicks off their record with a homage to the Nickelodeon of my childhood gets instant kudos from me. And I have a hoodie from New Orleans based LeTrainiump that is that exact shade of bright orange as the logo from that era (this would be a cool collab – hint hint!). Pastel is putting Cleveland on the map with legitimately one of the most creative hip hop tunes I’ve heard in years. She has a very versatile voice and clearly isn’t afraid to embrace her inner kid. She recently headlined The Grog Shop for the first time – no small feat.
Circus – “Welcome to the f—ing circus!” It’s a battle cry that I’m sure a litany of hardcore and genre adjacent bands are kicking themselves for not having thought of. A good hardcore pit is indeed just that – a circus. I have to laugh at how the songs are so chaotic that Spotify missed out on giving any of them a parental advisory label. Oh, and an obligatory shout out to Bandcamp and Delayed Gratification Records for giving this act the spotlight.
A Cure For Love – A few years ago, we started to see this band pop up regularly on local show flyers – many of which were put together by DX Entertainment, an entity that devours more indie music than most I know. But this band is more than just low hanging fruit for fleshing out a solid local lineup – they have the polish and songwriting chops to back it up. Plus, I have to give kudos to any artist that gives a shout out to my favorite childhood author, Roald Dahl, in a song. They are saying they are on a break from shows for awhile, so keep an eye out for their next big move.
Dairy Family – It would be easy to write this band off as an easy listening jam band. Don’t do that. They are part of a pandemic era uprising of DIY in Ohio, set to rule the house show scene and beyond. I’d love to see them booked at the Ohio State Fair, both for obvious reasons and to break some stereotypes of what you hear there.
Darity – We can’t discuss Brightest London above without also discussing Darity, one half the indie production duo. I don’t know what’s in the water in Cincinnati, but that city seems to have a way of producing top notch act after act that fits within that genre of pensive night-drive music. Darity’s 2021 single “Out of It” is a prime example of this.
Dark Island – Ever wonder what happened to metalcore act Inhale Exhale? Well, wonder no more! At least, you know what vocalist Ryland Raus is up to now. He has been collaborating with Ohio music promo jack of all trades Ross Theisen on developing a new image. The new sound is nonetheless heavy-hitting, but very, very atmospheric. “Paradise” brings to mind Circa Survive and Angels and Airwaves. They also draw inspiration from the likes of Bring Me the Horizon and 30 Seconds to Mars.
DayDreamer – My introduction to the Youngstown, OH scene was funky indie pop collective Spirit of the Bear. I had no idea my most recent brush with this scene would be a post-hardcore act. This band would fit the bill well at events like So What and even Furnace Fest. I’m not sure what it is about this sound being the most refined in the blue collar regions of the Midwest, but I’m here for it.
Dear Other – Dear Other might have released the most in depth concept record of 2021, of Ohio bands that is (ADJY takes the national title probably). Just reading the backstory behind the record The Wizard Grip was nearly enough to make this artist a shoo-in for inclusion here. Want to listen to a haunting orchestral folk punk record about a haunting and exorcism in Virginia over 200 years ago? Here you are. I don’t know what 2022 holds in store for the Steubenville based collective, but here’s hoping for wider influence.
Detention – The Akron based act seems to be one the top hustling bands in the state, with how much I come across them online. For Halloween they played a show celebrating all things DEVO in Akron, complete with an appearance by comedy legend Fred Armisen, who sparred with the band onstage in a funny way that made waves across the interwebs. The brought spunk and attitude to the Wonderbus and Wonderstruck festivals last summer.
El Camino Acid – Why do late nights and sunny surf rock go hand in hand? I dunno, but maybe El Camino Acid can help me answer this question. They have an LP, sunset motel, out January 21st. Time to ease the winter COVID blahs with some upbeat, sunny rock and roll.
Elaina Arthur – This Columbus based singer-songwriter sounds like she should live in Nashville. I’m asking her to stay here because we need more artists with this sound around here. Pop with a little bit of twang. Definitely not country though, that’s for sure. It’s a very pleasant grey area to exist in. Some punk sensibility at times too. Look for more music to come this year from Elaina.
Elijah Seabrook – One of my favorite curators from the Dayton area, Ian Baldwin likes this guy. This hip hop artist also released a very relatable single called “Pressure” that details the mental fatigue that comes with bettering oneself (the struggle is real, folks). I also appreciate his little life anecdotes on Twitter and the way he makes himself accessible to those who take the time to listen. That approach will take him a long way. When he’s not doing music, you can catch him helping others on their creative journeys via his side hustle Real Ones Create.
Elisa Nicolas – The endorsement of the Music Club (fka 614 Music Club) proprietor Zakary Kolesar, is something I take very, very seriously. So, when I heard about this comeback (that I didn’t know was a comeback) by Elisa Nicolas, I made a mental note to follow up on this artist. Her album Year of the Locust kicks off with a track that combines old school swagger with new school sheen. I am kicking myself for not listening to this sooner. Don’t repeat my mistake.
Eliy Orcko – It takes guts to leave behind the warmth of sunny Florida and settle in the doldrums of Cleveland. I kid, I kid… kinda. Yet, their present and past circumstances mesh together like the genres they draw influence from. It’s an interesting product that I wasn’t sure I liked at first, yet the more I pondered it the more alluring it became. You can find Eliy featured on a number of LoFi hip hop playlists.
Emily Syring – It never fails that each year after posting this feature, that there are a handful of names we didn’t catch that start to show up everywhere in our radar. One of those was Emily Syring. Her EP, Remember, is an atmospheric folk release well suited for the winter season we’re in, and her bio states there is more to come. You can also find Emily performing around Ohio as part of the duo WILOH. Their most recent live appearance was at the esteemed Natalie’s Worthington.
The Esteems – One of my pandemic haunts has been Global Gallery – a coffee shop and bar with one of the best patios in Columbus. They also host some awesome local bands from time to time – like this band, The Esteems. Their mischievous online presence echoes their bouncy and sometimes sad indie rock. No matter how you slice it, you’ll find something thoughtful here. Oh, and catch them at the Schottenstein Center in 2054. It says so on their calendar – you can check. 🙂
Eugenius – The Friend Club Records signed hip hop artist is pretty left field in production, and is being backed by arguably one of the top emerging labels in the country. That is enough to get me to take him seriously. Plus, he has the endorsement of Nathan Gray of Boysetsfire. What more could you want? For real though, I left this name on the wayside for far too long. Eugenius is a hip hop artist that also draws from genres like noise, punk, industrial, and pop. Would it be weird to shout out Death Grips here?
Friends With Elephants – Awhile back we sat down with Joshua Altfater of Southwood Studios and one name that came up consistently in that conversation was Friends With Elephants. Ethan Benton definitely comes from that classic rock, more jam band minded corner of the scene, but he’s willing to get down and dirty with just about any good music. He hosts the open mic at Columbus venue The Shrunken Head, but has proved his musical chops with the release of his latest single “We Might Be Dreaming.” I’ve been having some real vivid dreams lately, I wonder if listening to that song yesterday contributed.
Golomb – I can pretty much guarantee Zakary Kolesar would want to have some words with me if this act didn’t make the Ohio artists to watch list. Zakary’s endorsement is basically a big deal as it is, but another noteworthy thing about this band is that they were the first act I saw in an actual indoor venue since lockdown (June 2021, opening for Carriers). A little rough around the edges, a little angsty, but they seem like they’d be nice folks to get to know. Their two songs that have seen formal release take me back to the early days of discovering the local indie scene and that is a very nice feeling.
Grumpy Plum – With a band name like that, I expect the band to be full of curmudgeons. Not the case, here though. With a style they affectionately dubbed “slop pop,” the act racked up nearly a million streams last year on Spotify (pay artists better, Spotify!). I’m sitting here scratching my head as to how this band slipped past my radar in the past year, but we all make mistakes. Now you know. Crank it up.
Gunk – I’m told this act is another part of the post-quarantine DIY renaissance in Ohio. This power trio fuses many different genres (is that really a unique way to describe a band anymore?) to their advantage. Scrolling through their Instagram, I particularly appreciate the infographic someone threw together – like an EPK (bands will know what that means) but for the general public. “Garage punk funk”? Sign me up!
HALLIE – This dark cinematic pop artist crashes through the wall with her latest single “New Age” which sounds tailor made for movie trailers. The Cleveland based artist has already been recognized by Atlantic Records in a national songwriter search; she was handpicked to fly to LA to spend time with A&R folks and producers. Her background is in church bands and the punk scene – you can hear elements to her music that are skyward, yet there’s a grit to it.
Heart & Lung – These Cleveland punks played The Fest in FL – a feat for any act, nonetheless one who was so under the radar in Ohio I didn’t hear about them until very, very recently. Well, the way I (Ryan) approach the punk scene in Ohio changes today. Their “sixth grader” quote on their band bio is also hilarious. The most unlikely stars come from the most humble of places, the dirty basements of the world. I’d like to think this is one of those bands.
Hightop Hangover – Some folks you can tell are going to have a significant impact on the scene simply because of the energy around them. Zeppelin Schindorff is one of those dudes. He’s always ready to have a good time and is loyal in his show attendance. His new moniker takes some influence from alt-J (you can hear it in the vocals) and infuses it with a healthy dose of indie pop. I’m intrigued by what’s to come from him.
Huckster Driver – Those that have been with Tuned Up for awhile might recall a few features of a band called Seaside Holiday (and their subsequent Steadfast 2018 appearance supporting Day Wave). While this project’s status is unknown for the time being, the McQuate siblings aren’t slowing down – Huckster Driver has Cara behind the skins rather than as frontwoman, and the result is a hazey batch of shoegaze tunes reflecting a mix of uncertainty and strange warmth.
INEPT – Sometimes stylized “The Inept”, the latest project from the Dayton area musician Noah Reineke is here to make waves and he might be one of the most prolific content creators in the state right now. I see this guy all over Tik Tok every time I log on. There doesn’t seem to be a quirky pop cover this guy can’t do. Some might say his music is derivative, to which I would counter that most all music is inspired by something, and there’s no reason healthy inspiration can’t lead to big things. “Still Here” has an infectious hook that caught my ears right away.
Jacketless – Am I caught in some sort of easycore fever dream? I’m not sure. But this is quite the band. They’ve been somewhat regular at Big Room Bar (or maybe it just feels that way) during the COVID era. This band seems to be one big exercise in seeing how closely related the absurd and the feels can be. One and the same, as it turns out.
Jay Joseph – His inclusion on this list almost feels like cheating. He opened THE twenty one pilots Takeover tour for crying out loud. But this guy is down to earth and perhaps an indication of an emerging music dynasty that goes beyond everyone’s favorite leaders of the Skeleton Clique. I’m digging the Darren King look in his latest Spotify profile picture. Just needs some duct tape.
JAYUS – This group is one I’ll always think of when I think of post-pandemic optimism. Last summer, I was driving home from a casual date and spotted a street party with bands performing on top of an old school bus. Naturally, I had to check it out. JAYUS would close out the night with their brand of fiery, angsty yet optimistic rock. Look for them to cement their reputation in the Ohio DIY scene in 2022.
Jinx the Fox – Not only do I like the name of this band a lot, I also have to give credit to them for penning a single that grabbed me at first listen. The sound of Jinx the Fox I’d place at someplace between Local Natives and Foals. Earthy tones mixes with shimmering guitars and a driving rhythm section.
Josie Redman – “I’d rather just be me instead.” I felt that, Josie. Let’s all take a page out of that book. If her voice sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because she’s the niece of our friend Sara of The Castros. The down to earth, genuine effect definitely is in their genes. Currently, you can see Redman semi-regularly in the Westerville Java Central scene but expect this young songwriter to spread her wings soon.
Kini – Kenzie Coyne of Hello Luna might be one of the nicest people in the Ohio scene, but she isn’t shy about exploring the dark side of her personality. Kini is her new creative outlet for all things dark pop. Fans of PVRIS, VÉRITÉ, and the like will find much to enjoy here. Her debut single, “Big Teeth,” goes hard. It stares you down.
Laveer – Put your dancing shoes on. The band isn’t here to waste any time in getting you to move. The synthpop act is perhaps best known for recently headlining the inaugural Ohio Creatives Festival in Dublin – which functioned as a reintroduction to the scene of sorts for yours truly. While synthpop acts might be a dime a dozen these days, there’s a club-ready feel that makes me want to pay extra attention to these guys.
Lui – 2021 saw the sudden end of one of my favorite local acts, blues rockers Souther. But the scene had something up its sleeve for me; clearly band frontperson Caroline Fratianne wasn’t done with music yet. I mean, duh! Lui is her latest persona. In November, she dropped her debut single under the moniker, titled “Need For Now.” The black and white visual aptly complements the alternative track (what else do I call it? Indie pop? But this is more than that). I can feel the determination emanating from this. Expect four more songs to drop this year.
The Lycan Bite – This band has a sound that will kick you in the teeth one moment and then take an unassuming “aw shucks” role the next. The band is a pandemic-birthed collaboration between members of Tuned Up faves To Kill a Monster, Friendly Faux, and more. With Jakob Mooney behind the helm of the recordings, one can be sure that this pedigree will result in consistent wins.
Made4Victory – This artist from Cleveland recently dropped a collaborative record with fellow creative C.Mayes – and while playing it I was struck by the easy listening element of it. Articulating a proper respond to solid hip hop is something I often struggle with, however I find his style to be pleasantly thoughtful. This artist might be new to us but he certainly isn’t new to the Cleveland scene. Time to wake up.
Meryl Creep – This band seems to be setting out to take shoegaze and make it palatable for the masses. Fans of Turnover, more recent Title Fight and the like will find things to like about this band. If Meryl Streep ever ends up on Cameo, I’m paying whatever amount necessary for her to react to this band on video.
Noise Control – Sometimes all that needs to be said is that you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously in rock and roll. Noise Control very clearly understands that. I get the sense their live shows are something to behold.
No One – Songwriter Jim Vest has been a mainstay in the Southeast/Southern Ohio scene for the past few years, notably making waves with the defunct project What If When We Die We Scatter? He earns an entry here for his continued perseverance amidst personal hardship, solid songwriting, and a discerned effort to be present in the larger music scenes he’s geographically separated from.
Outsider Heart – One of the bands most poised to break out of Columbus in the next year or so, purely based on their sound and image, is Outsider Heart. Their newest single, “Crop Circles” is an eerie alt pop jam that reminds me a bit of Dallas based Little Image. This is a departure from their heavy roots (stating the obvious, for all you fans reading this) but demonstrates the band’s versatility.
The Rapid Jags – These young dudes are aiming to fit right i with the prominent rock and jam band scene in Ohio, and aim to please the ears of anyone who finds them along the way. I first met these guys at a networking event, and have been consistently impressed by their professional demeanor and sound, and eagerness to be involved. Our own Zakary Kolesar give their debut LP a rave review – the production is really on point here.
THE RETROSPECT – My first impression when looking at this new project’s aesthetic is early the 1975. But first impressions are often wrong, as the most recent single, “Stuck on You” proved to me. Velvet-like vocals provide the background for a smooth yet in your face rock sound that seems crafted for stadiums. I was struck by this artist’s mission statement, notably this line: “[to] become comfortable with positively uncomfortable state [sic] of affairs.” I think we could all benefit from that, don’t you?
Sera Safe – Cinematic metalcore is the name of the game here. The endgame for a band like Sera Safe is an all encompassing live production (visuals and all) and a sound that threatens to lift you skyward. They already have at least one of those things. I make no claims on what I know them to be up to right now, but I suspect it’s plotting their takeover.
Shelby Olive – This singer jumped out at me for her self-designated genre: musical theatre pop. Indeed, her 2020 single “Overthinking” is an apt prescription for people like me, whose minds are constantly whirring. She has a bouncy, bubbly way of singing that is capable of delivering most messages in a fun way. The Cuyahoga Falls based artist has already seen some accolades (such as being a finalist in the 2020 Write Out Loud Contest) and you can hear her around town at many a watering hole.
SLUG – It’s getting to the point you can throw a stick and you’ll probably hit an Ohio hardcore band destined to be the next big thing. Okay, so that first sentence might have a teeny bit of hyperbole in it. But Delayed Gratification Records knows how to pick ’em. Cleveland hardcore forever. It feels vaguely like a betrayal posting that as a Columbus resident.
Sumbuck – With the success of CAAMP, it seems almost too obvious to include Sumbuck on this list (that’s the second time I’ve written that this article!). However, there’s a sheen present in these songs that are not in CAAMP tunes. Fans of Andy Shauf and late night drives will find things to appreciate about this artist. He recently headlined a Newport Music Hall show with band to watch alumni Mungbean.
Tensor – What a polished, technically complex yet accessible band! This is prog-metal for fans of math rock and also for people that just want to zone out. It demands your attention but it’s okay if you have this on in the background too. Even if instrumental rock isn’t your thing, this band might surprise you.
Thomas Bowles – I don’t what it is about the pandemic, but the appeal of night drive music has increased in appeal to me hundred-fold in this period. Thomas Bowles from Cincinnati embodies this feeling, in a sound that many will compare to Black Bear era Andrew Belle. “Feel Better” is a sublime single we were fortunate enough to feature last year. Bowles has been teasing 2022 material and we can’t wait.
A Tiger Made of Lightning – Mike O’Leary is simultaneously one of the most down to earth and most passionate folks I know in the Columbus scene. To say this is simply a catchy emo-driven rock project would be doing this a disservice. This band has an all-star local lineup in their live performances, and you can feel the energy at first listen. The streaming numbers for a project that only had one song up for most of 2021 aren’t too shabby, either.
TINO – This rapper out of Dayton is a prolific collaborator in the region represented by one of the best publicists in the region (looking at you, Sweet Cheetah PR). “Hunnid Nights” is the lead single of his latest LP Never Worried Bout Tomorrow which is genuine, and hits me right in the heart. I have to give this artist credit for not waiting too long for the “right moment” to arrive for releasing tunes. As he and many others have caught on, this pandemic has taught us to seize the moment.
TJ From Beyond – I’ve never seen an artist go from 0-100MPH so quickly when it comes to embracing an aesthetic. The front-man of Beyond Pluto took a face-first dive into synthwave and all the subcultures surrounding it with his new project, TJ From Beyond. Each day I log into Instagram I see 10 more pieces of art in his IG stories and I want to frame all of them and line the walls of my apartment. Listening to the opening track off his recent record Strange Voyager, I’m wondering if this is what Gorillaz would sound like if they decided to go cyberpunk.
TRVSS – This grunge act is poised to have a big year with the release of their debut LP Reset My Head. In 2021, they built an impressive live show resume (a feat considering the environment) supporting acts like Lez Zeppelin, Puddle of Mudd, Sponge, and Nita Strauss. Not only does every element of their songs feel meticulously crafted, but also they have some of the most prolific drive of a local band I’ve seen in recent years.
uglyboy – Columbus has always been known as primarily an indie rock town. Go to any local fest and you’ll inundated with this genre, but artists like uglyboy are looking to change the game. His aesthetic isn’t too far off from the current hyperpop movement, but his sounds are more in line with artists like nothing,nowhere. He has big goals for 2022 and is driven when it comes to self-promo. His latest album, character, is out now.
unknownphrazes – I came across this artist while perusing hip hop acts in the Akron/Cleveland scene (thank you, Instagram). There are only 2 formal releases online, but I was struck with how deliberate and detailed the visuals overall production was. Plus, there’s something about the winter months that always gives me a soft spot for downtempo music. He is a part of a larger collective of artists (The Monday Program) seeking to make waves and network like crazy, too.
The Wonderfool – I think anyone that comes across this write up with some familiarity of this name is going to know already that The Wonderfool, aka Matt Vinson of Athens, OH surrounds himself with excellency. And yet, there’s a humility to his music that immediately presents itself upon listening to the first couple of tracks in his 2021 LP Shiner. Listening to this album makes me want to drive out to a farm and lay in a hammock.
Wullie – In the spirit of Silent Lions before them, Wullie is a bass heavy duo making dirty rock and roll out of the northwest corner of the state. Listening to them, I have a sudden urge to head to the nearest dive and grab an IPA. I’ll bob my head to this noise and either let it all out or zone out. It’s a satisfying cacophony with purpose (I promise that’s a compliment).
Year of the Buffalo – Few people know adversity like Jake Trego. Let’s give a little background: He heads up a folk duo (occasionally a full band), and he began to be noticed early in the pandemic from short little clips of him making trick basketball shots at his home. The Pat McAfee show noticed, and started plugging him extensively. Soon after, he was diagnosed with colon cancer; thankfully he is now in remission, after an intense year of treatment. But, along the way Year of the Buffalo gained an unlikely cult following more in the demographic of sports fans than of your stereotypical indie music fan. But, with lots of support, Trego and co are well, they’ve crossed the 1M stream mark on Spotify and getting ready to record a new full length this year.
ZOO – Any band adjacent to Pomegranates and Carriers is going to cause me to pay attention. This psych-LoFi-dreampop project released an LP titled No Man’s Land via Good Eye Records last year, and as I type this in the wee morning hours it feels appropriate for the time of night. I might feel angst about a disrupted sleep schedule on a normal night, but ZOO is here to soothe and help me appreciate the quiet, cold world outside but warming me up as I sit in my office at home.