It’s here, folks. The road to Mazzstock has officially begun. And as such, we’re dusting off the DailyLP to showcase some of the amazing talent that will be descending upon the Hudson Valley from August 24-26, 2018. (Get your tickets here. Seriously. Do it now.)
How perfect is it, then, that one of Mazzstock’s featured acts has released a brand new album today? That’s right, Cousin Earth — the multi-genre band from Brooklyn (or outer space, you tell me) — has released Human Music to the delight of fans and new listeners alike.
I just had my first listen of the full album can say without a doubt: Cousin Earth — you should definitely be proud of this work.
Here’s my quick take on their release.
If this is your first time listening to Cousin Earth, their talent hits you square in the face within the first minute. Human Music kicks off and immediately showcases the band’s composition chops, ukulele talent of Joey Calfa and multi-part harmonies in Peculiar Patterns.
But as soon as you think you’ve got it pinned, the rules change. This is a true multi-genre band, and the album successfully weaves through funk, jamtronica, latin, rock and even musical theater to keep you on your toes. Dirty Wet Rock expands on the band’s quintessential multi-part harmonies with some diminished Zelda vibes in the melody. Train Luck — a brilliant arrangement reminiscent of Frank Zappa, complete with ambient subway noise — makes light of the NYC platform blues while showcasing the band’s prowess. And Alive — featuring warm butter saxophone spread across hot, funky, fresh-baked bassline — creates the perfect foundation for the powerful vocals of Tara Lawton.
But perhaps my favorite tune on the whole album is Super Fun Laser Beams. Written expressly for you at 2am in a festival field, SFLB is what Jamiroquai would sound like if they were coming up in today’s Brooklyn jamtronica scene. Cousin Earth struts their stuff here, driven by a super groovy rhythm section laid down by Corey J. Feldman and Nate Searing — showing that this band can hang (nay, outperform) anyone in the scene right now.
At just 3:23, When The Dinosaurs Come Back from Outer Space is the shortest track on this LP. However… it has all the makings of a banger, and I could see it clocking in at 10 or 15+ minutes in a live show. I mean, it features a fuckin’ kazoo. Oh yea — and the amazing vocals of Terry Brennan.
Keep On (Show Me the Numbers, Ian) puts Lawton’s vocals back on display with a musical theater background shining through. Her verses could be right out of a badass version of Guys and Dolls. Meanwhile, the song is juxtaposed with some blistering Calfa guitar riffs, giving listeners a little nudge that says “In case you forgot… we fucking rock.”
Finally, we have Capricorn on the Cob — an multi-time-signatured anthem of epic proportions. I won’t say much about this, but I suggest you get a-listenin’ ASAP.
Check out Human Music by Cousin Earth on Spotify — and show the band some love on social media!
This post was written by Dave Heinzinger.