Minnesota natives, Kazyak, have dropped a handful of EPs over the years. This fall will see the release of their first proper LP. Reflection is the name of this record and it’s hitting the digital end caps on the 2nd of November. They’ve just shared the lead single, “First Do No Harm.” It’s a delightfully understated number that has whetted our appetite for more. The steady drumming and ethereal vocals lull you into a state of bliss. But the blips and bloops from the synthesizer make a point to not let you get too comfortable.
Songwriter/guitarist Peter Frey calls Reflection “An attempt to create surreal, vivid, Dali-esque images with our sound.” He continues, “it’s a collection of outtakes, demos, and b-sides consistent with our history of not-trying-to-be-mainstream alternative rock. They’re all true songs of scenery seen, dreams dreamt, and feelings felt, enlivened by layers of musical and visual, psychefied experimentation.”
The album fits right in to the band’s evolving catalog, following their first release See the Forest EP in 2015, a pick-up-the-peices collection created after earlier music projects had ended abruptly. The Happy Camping EP followed in 2017.
The album has an adventurous, restless attitude that detours into psychedelia. Even the odd meters feel tasteful and contribute to Kazyak’s ability to push forward the limits of sound and songwriting. The LP blends a masterfully creative lineup that glues together electronic and acoustic drums, bass, guitars, and lush pockets of synth with Frey’s associative lyrics and someday-soon-will-be-nostalgic, maturing songwriting.