Thursday, January 10, 2013

Examiner.com CD Release Praise!



Thanks to Monica Rasmussen of the St. Paul Live Music Examiner for the shout out for and kind words on the See the Forest, See the Trees regional release on January 5, 2013.

Kazyak shifts into a serious indie-folk band 


JANUARY 3, 2013
BY: MONICA MILLSAP RASMUSSEN

In 2010, the band Kazyak released their first album and became a full-time touring band, playing festivals around the country. A year later, they stopped touring. This was not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter in Kazyak’s life.
On Saturday, January 5, Kazyak will host a CD release party at the 331 Club for their latest album. In their recent press release, the band describes the newest album as “a mature art project.”
The album, “See the Forest, See the Trees,” reflects the influence of local music from the 1990s, such as Low and 12 Rods. The band also will appeal to fans of more recent American indie folk music à la Bon Iver.
Per the band’s website, Kazyak wishes its music to have “the feeling of being composed and improvised.” The atmospheric sounds of Kazyak invite a formula for improv. The music is artfully composed, using a variety of non-standard instrumentation choices. Melody might result from the plucking of banjo strings or the striking of piano keys, one at a time. Vocals may be used as musical apparatus for texture rather than as the center of a composition.
The six songs of “See the Forest, See the Trees” weave a symbiotic story of connectedness with a larger world. The lyrics and mood of the music combine to bring together shared sorrow and redemption. “To The Manner Born” wallows of a lost love over a stringed orchestration of notes falling like rain drops. “Disposition” closes the album with woes of bad luck and a stronger percussion that resounds a theme of picking up and moving on. The CD is well produced and will connect with fans of the genre.
The ambient vibe of “See the Forest, See the Trees” makes the 331 Club’s intimate space the right setting for Kazyak’s release party. Also with Very Small Animal, Moscowitz, and Oak Ribbons. There is no cover for this event and music begins at 10 p. m.