Odyssey is Kazyak’s most pioneering work yet, following the Happy Camping EP (2017) and the Reflection LP (2018). On the surface, Odyssey is extremely satisfying indie rock ear candy. Dig a little deeper and find intricate connections between lyrical, visual and aural elements.
From guitarist/songwriter Peter Frey’s perspective, the album is “more rugged, forward-looking and psychedelic than our past releases. It’s the first record we’ve recorded live, and is channeling inspiration from Patagonia and themes from Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth. It attempts to capture the desire to explore and to take the listener to the edge of discovery.”
Kazyak is no stranger to taking chances with sound and Odyssey is proof. The songwriting is on the same level as past releases, but the focus here is that they’ve turned up the psychedelic knob several notches – wetter vocals, an orchestrated Prophet V and Juno 106 synth-combo, and heroic guitar hooks, held together by solid drums and bass.
Glide is thrilled to premiere “Discover” (below) an engrossing melodic psych-rock scorcher that combines elements of Flaming Lips, Animal Collective and Grandaddy. Pysch rock is enjoying a resurgence courtesy of many overseas bands, yet Kazyak is championing its own American revival.
“‘Discover’ is about the string of discoveries we’ve had to make to get to our current understanding of the universe (They found out atoms are basically nothing / And we’re made of essentially atoms) and about us discovering other life in the universe just as they discover us (As we discover them / They’ll be discovering us),” says Frey
Also, check out the live performance video of “Discover” below…