Andy Suzuki & The Method

Andy Suzuki & The Method

Sat, July 15, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Andy Suzuki & The Method
Andy Suzuki & The Method
Brooklyn's Andy Suzuki and Kozza Olatunji-Babumba (of Andy Suzuki & The Method) have been makingmusic together for nearly a decade, but now with their third full-length album, TheGlass Hour, a creativefriendship has flowered into a formidable musical force. The half-Japanese, half-Jewish Suzuki andhand-percussionist Kozza (grandson of percussion legend Babtunde Olatunji) first garnered wider attentionwith their buoyant, organic folk-pop album, BornoutofMischief, and soon found themselves opening fornames as large as Ringo Starr, Eric Hutchinson, Joshua Radin, Marc Broussard, Delta Rae, and TyroneWells. Fans fell hard for their combination of a "velvet voice" (NPR) and their “deadly way with melody"(TimeOut New York). Their sinuous songwriting, which curves into eddies and unexpected shapes at everymeasure, is steadied by Andy's impossibly dulcet vocals, that carry us gently through as the songs toss andheave. The Glass Hour keeps all these curves and fleecy vocals, but no longer wants the limits of thefolk-pop label. Instead, Andy and Kozza are aiming for nearly every place on your radio dial. There's tinseledRnB ballades like Shelter and Overtime, burning-rubber country rock like DiggingMy Way Out, adamantlife-anthems like Fight and Fire, and the verifiably ready-to-drop pop of INeedYouMore. To pull off this kindof range, Andy and Kozza enlisted the production talents of LA-based Juny Mag, and also brought in bigguns Dominic Fallacaro, Will Hensley, Chris Gehringer— all Grammy winners— for recording, mixing andmastering a project of its stylistic breadth.The Glass Hour begins reminiscent of their previous styles, but soon shifts to stranger things, to a near futurepop that sounds like it’s beaming in from the year 2019. Its rhythmic intricacies still reflect thehand-percussionist half of their writing team, only with Juny Mag scaling everything up to stadium-sizeddimensions. Its sensibilities hover somewhere between Jack Garratt and Michael Jackson, and nowhere isthis clearer than on I Can't Live, Overtime, and— unmistakably— on INeedYouMore, which could easilydouble as a movie soundtrack to an impromptu streetdancing scene. Then, with another flick of the radiodial, we coast through stretches of soul and blues that would be the envy of Amos Lee, and hear greatcloudbursts of gospel choir breaking through on Shelter and Fire. With another flick, we run fromunapologetically earnest love songs like Searching and MamaToldMe to power-numbers like Fight, DiggingMy Way Out and Come Forward, then back again to the stripped-down, unplugged rawness of HoldYou andthe soul-searching bittersweetness of Forgiven. Andy and Kozza like to continually surprise their listeners—and themselves. They are happiest when they're unsure what's coming next. The only certainty is thatthey've only begun, with 2017 already booked full with a headlining tour, a prominent spot on the Rockboatline-up, and a new album proudly in hand
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/

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