A songwriter since age 16 who toured around her native Italy fronting a country/blues trio, Violetta Zironi was signed by a label hoping to make her a pop star (she even appeared on the Italian X Factor). Instead, Zironi decided to pursue the kind of music she felt was most real to her: a blend of Americana-inspired folk/country with a decidedly European sensibility. After relocating a couple years ago to both London and Berlin, Zironi soon took an extended trip to the American South, where she played and wrote songs with local musicians. Her new Half Moon Lane EP (named after the London street she now calls home) is the culmination of her moving around. Today, we’re giving you the chance to check out EP track “Toast,” a haunting, cosmopolitan slice of self-assured pop that makes it hard to believe this budding chanteuse is only 22 years old. Says Zironi of the tune, “This song is about being emotionally removed from any relationship, being afraid to be vulnerable and to put yourself out there. When stealing hearts, all you really want is someone to steal yours.” See, we told you she’s wise beyond her years. We’re proud to premiere “Toast” on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out below.