Album Review Muzz - Muzz

Muzz - Muzz

Both a wise and charming record, but never obnoxiously clever.

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The self-titled debut from a band consisting of Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), ‘Muzz’ is both a wise and charming record, but never obnoxiously clever. ‘Knuckleduster’ is immediate, with brilliant moments of chaotic guitars, tuned feedback and a hell of a lot of spring reverb - certainly a mature exploration of songwriting that is refreshingly innovative. ‘Red Western Sky’ is the highlight, composed of euphoric piano melodies and grooving cyclical drum patterns, which notably provides the urgency and darkness familiar to Interpol fans. The quieter tracks, including ‘Broken Tambourine’, single ‘Bad Feeling’ and closer ‘Trinidad’ show a more atmospheric, melancholic side, and despite the sparse arrangements, they’re always gripping. Those seeking another Interpol record won’t have much luck here, but ‘Muzz’ stands confident on its own two feet.

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