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Zach Deputy has isolated a characteristic sound that is just so damn fun. If you haven’t seen him live yet, add one of his shows to your musical short list. The island-infused multi-instrumentalist from Georgia brings the groove like no other, and his recent headlining set at Mazzstock was no exception.
Deputy is a looper, so he’s a (time-traveling hitman) one-man band whose talent literally jumps off the stage and onto the dance floor.
This week, Deputy released Wash It in the Water, his 4th studio album and first since 2011’s Another Day. The album is true to Deputy form, presenting a danceable, catchy, island-infused dose of “gospel ninja soul” that is extremely fun and digestible. Deputy has a ton of mainstream potential here, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear him in national media very soon.
On my first listen, Put It in the Boogie jumps out as a funky tune that makes me want to strut down the street. Loving You is a beautiful ballad that belongs on your wedding song shortlist. Chevrolet, the album’s first single, is so danceable, it’s actually difficult to sit still. And as a new dad, Jump in the Water was especially touching to me personally.
Zach Deputy’s national tour to support Wash It in the Water incldues dates in NYC (Knitting Factory, 9/22); Philadelphia (World Cafe Live, 9/25); Chicago (Reggie’s Rock Club, 9/29); New Orleans (Mardi Gras World, 10/1); and Los Angeles (The Hotel Cafe, 11/2); plus much more. Check out his full show listing here.
This post was written by Dave Heinz of SkyDaddy.