If I described something as scuzzy country it might not sound complimentary but there’s a grit behind the Nashville twang of Kuzin (real name Jessica Maros) that is immediately obvious on her debut album Cavity.
Comparisons have been made to notable legends such as The Breeders and Stevie Nicks and there’s a good case for this with her grunge pop harmonies which are most notable on single “Dumb Bitch” and the title track.
The ten songs have a rawness with many recorded in a single take but there’s also a sweetness in the vocal delivery on songs like the controlled, epic “Platonic Youth” or the lullaby-esque “Sleepy Hollow”. The sublime “Heartbreak Hotel” (not a cover) is another dim-the-lights moment with hints of Mazzy Star.
At her best she mixes these styles all within one song, the menacing attitude in the verses of “Run Deeper” are tempered with lighter vocals in the chorus.
As an album, Cavity is equal parts cinematic and chaotic and has plenty of depth and space to lose yourself in and it’s out today so get in there quick!
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