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The Heliocentrics: From The Deep

I picked up this album because the damn cover looked so cool. That seems to be the way I’ve been choosing new music, and for the most part, it has been working out nicely. 

I mean, look at this cover. How could I resist? It reminds me of Star Wars, and that was good enough for me to snatch it up. 

Anyhow, The Heliocentrics‘ latest album, From the Deep, is a confusing listen at first. There are 19 tracks in all, and most of them only last a couple of minutes at best. I sat on my couch wondering what the hell I was listening to. Jazzy, funky, bee-boppy… it sounded like a collection of ready-to-be-sampled excerpts for beatmakers.

It then hit me that I was listening for a song, rather than for an album. I guess once I made that mind shift, the record made more sense. 

As a whole, the album works in that it constantly changes and creates a new mood with each piece. Since the tracks are so short (save a few), I never got bored. The rhythms and beats are super cool to hear. I found myself thinking how cool it would be to sample some parts for songs. 

Check out “The Five Thing” 

Super. Cool. 

I can’t say this album is for everyone. Those of you wanting to hear vocals, or melodies, or anything remotely pop will most likely get bored of this record quickly. Those of you that enjoy experimentation in the genres mentioned above may embrace the performances on From the Deep. Just be prepared to say, “What? The song is over already?” to the majority of the tracks. 

I can’t say that this record will be in my regular rotation, but for now it’s a fun listen and a great inspiration for stretching myself creatively. From the Deep reminds me of the fun of full albums. Sometimes it takes a complete listen to get the message. That’s pretty cool on my book. 

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Izzy Bizu: A Moment of Madness

When I was a kid, my mom would drop me off at  Rhino Records as she went shopping. I’d have about $20 to spend as I like. Being a kid, my music knowledge was quite limited. All I knew was what my oldest brother played on his stereo. 

So I’d be there, staring at the endless shelves of records with nothing to buy. This made me quickly develop a sure-fire method of finding new music to hear: by judging a book by its cover. Yes, I’d buy the record with the coolest cover or name. 

This method led to the discovery of The Cure (Head On The Door), New Order (Brotherhood), among others. I still use this method today. 

So I picked up this featured album simply because I totally dig the artist’s name. “Izzy Bizu” just rolls off my tongue and sounds super cool.  Try it. 

I tell you- judging a book by its cover works. I’m still digging A Moment of Madness and I think I’ve played it 4 times through today. Izzy has a voice that reminds me of a cross between Amy Winehouse and Adele… the music could suit either of those singers as well. If you’re a fan of Winehouse or Adele, or if you like the soul/R&B/funk/jazz/pop, I’d highly recommend you take a listen to this record. 

To put it simply, A Moment of Madness has some good songs, some really good songs. For me, the standout track is “Mad Behavior.” It has an odd-time-gospelly-epicness that I can’t help but play again and again. Bizu cowrote every song on the record, and this song showcases the depth in her style. 

Izzy Bizu. Say it 10 times in a row. It’s fun. 

Then go buy this record. It’s awesome. 

Izzy Bizu links: [Official Site]

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Liz Wiegard: Girl You Called Sweet

13882193_918307961629652_6530216318988988902_nSo I’m lazing around this morning… reading through some emails, and I come across this one about Liz Wiegard, a singer/songwriter based here in Southern California. Originally from St. Louis, Liz apparently first picked up the guitar because she thought it would “make her cooler,” according to her bio. To be honest, that’s the reason I got into playing in bands… I thought it would get me more attention from girls. Funny how that happens.

Liz’s most recent single, “Girl You Called Sweet,” is now playing on repeat through my speakers. Initial impressions were that this girl has a gorgeous voice. She has the kind of voice that seems to be perfect to immerse yourself into. It’s soft, it’s soothing, it’s sweet, and it touches the soul (mine, at least!). The song itself is almost trance-like. I keep hitting repeat.

Take a few minutes and listen to this track:

I think I’ve now played this song 6 times in a row. I want to hear more.

Liz has an album coming out titled Into The Wild Blue. Her press release states it’s slated to drop in October, so you can bet your butt that I’m going to look for it.

Liz Wiegard links: [Official Site] [Facebook]