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MUZZ RELEASE COVERS EP, FEATURING SONGS BY ARTHUR RUSSELL, BOB DYLAN, MAZZY STAR AND TRACY CHAPMAN

December 9, 2020

MUZZ RELEASE COVERS EPFEATURING SONGS BY ARTHUR RUSSELL, BOB DYLAN, MAZZY STAR AND TRACY CHAPMAN
 
WATCH THE BAND PERFORM ARTHUR RUSSELL’S ‘NOBODY WANTS A LONELY HEART’ AT READE’S OLD KINGSTON THEATER IN NEW YORK
 
SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW ON MATADOR RECORDS

Muzz have released Covers, a four-track EP which sees the trio of Paul Banks, Josh Kaufman and Matt Barrick reimagine songs by Arthur Russell, Bob Dylan, Mazzy Star and Tracy Chapman. The EP is available to listen to and purchase HERE.

On Friday, Muzz performed their first-ever, world exclusive live performance, Muzz – Live in Kingston, NY. Filmed at Reade’s Old Kingston Theater in New York, the band were joined by musicians Annie Nero (bass, backing vocals), and Stuart Bogie (saxophone, flute, harmonica, clarinet, keyboard) for a full-fledged rendition of the widescreen sound found on their eponymous debut album, out now on Matador Records. The band also recorded a standalone live performance of Arthur Russell’s ‘Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart’, featured on the EP. Watch HERE.

Covers is as much an illustration of the bands collective inspirations as it is a sonic testament to their expansive imagination and fluidity as a musical outfit, imbuing the singular classics with a sense of wonder and awe that come together to a short but powerfully holistic set.

Arthur Russell favourite ‘Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart’ is deconstructed to its mesmerizing foundations, with Banks’ baritone gliding over Kaufman’s submerged piano and Barrick’s gentle shuffle. Bob Dylan’s ‘Girl From The North Country’ is recast in a cobweb of acoustic guitars, swooning slides and ghostly vocals that slow-burn to a mystical crescendo. Elsewhere, Banks’ invocation of Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You’ is fraught with raw emotion, set to a backdrop of palpitating percussion and arching strings. Tracy Chapman’s ‘For You’ brings the set to a buoyant and moving close, punctuated by fluttering guitar runs, cinematic pads, and Banks’ soulful delivery.

Featuring singles ‘Bad Feeling’, ‘Broken Tambourine’, ‘Red Western Sky’ and ‘Knuckleduster’, Muzz’s debut album was born out of longstanding friendship and collaboration. Banks and Kaufman have known each other since childhood, attending high school together in Spain before separately moving to New York. There, they independently crossed paths with Barrick while running in similar music circles. They kept in touch in the following years: Barrick drummed in Banks + Steelz and on some of Kaufman’s production sessions; Kaufman helped on Banks’ early Julian Plenti solo endeavour; various demos were collaborated on, and a studio was co-bought.

The self-titled debut album, written, arranged and performed by all three, is dark and gorgeous, mysterious and heartfelt. No matter the sonic direction, Muzz goes there effortlessly and with maximum emotional charge.

Covers Tracklist:
1. Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart
2. Girl From The North Country
3. Fade Into You
4. For You

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