Jo Kusy

Jo Kusy

CD Name: 
You Break Me
Music Link: 
https://jokusy.bandcamp.com/album/you-break-me
Album Cover URL: 
https://f1.bcbits.com/img/a0182661090_10.jpg
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<div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="color:#222222"><a href="https://jokusy.bandcamp.com/">Jo Kusy</a> (<a href="https://faroutfangtooth.bandcamp.com/">Far-Out Fangtooth</a>, <a href="https://thewhips.bandcamp.com/">The Whips</a>) cultivates an eclectic, lo-fi daydream on his new full-length album, <i>You Break Me</i>. The record is currently available for purchase/download, and will be found on limited cassette on&nbsp;February 12&nbsp;via Kusy&rsquo;s own imprint Kooze Kontrol. </span></div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="color:#222222">The album&rsquo;s opener &ldquo;Long Gone Angel&rdquo; establishes the LP&rsquo;s loose-moving atmosphere, as guitar trickles into a percussive/bass-oriented roll. The instrumentation briefly drops out, giving way to an a cappella moment and then a sax solo, before falling back into form. The bass-forward nature of &ldquo;Only a Night,&rdquo; coupled with its synth, thrusts one into a danceable framework. Background vocals soften the lead. In the insta-funky&nbsp;&ldquo;All Go To Heaven,&rdquo; Kusy proclaims, &ldquo;Get down, hear the sound, boogie-woogie shake your claim&hellip;&rdquo;</span></div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="color:#222222">&ldquo;Before You Opened Your Mouth&rdquo; shifts into a light youthful disposition, reflected in its humorous lyrics - &ldquo;Old people acting young, it&rsquo;s ok cause its only fun/young people acting old, they sound stupid&hellip;&rdquo; &ldquo;Ghost Funk Lesson&rdquo; drops into a sly island vibration - reminiscent of The Police, while &ldquo;1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Place (But They Told Me 5<sup>th</sup>) develops a eerie tone with its heavy-footed thump and the mysterious whisper of the vocals. &ldquo;All the creeps come out from the woodwork, as the sun begins to rise.&rdquo;</span></div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="color:#222222">With its sinister stir, &ldquo;New Devil Beat&rdquo; perpetuates a throbbing pulse, and &ldquo;Cherry Pickin&rsquo; Baby&rdquo; rides a thick bass-line to accentuate its heavier playful spin on rockabilly. Shedding some weight, &ldquo;Silk Paradise&rdquo; gently glides, paced by the clean snap of drums and unobtrusive guitar runs. Closing with its title-track &ldquo;You Break Me,&rdquo; the tail end of the LP rides a steady, floating wave; a heady trip punctuated by a stealthy stretch of guitar work, throwing some fire into the meditative calm.</span></div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><i><span style="color:#222222">You Break Me</span></i><span style="color:#222222"> is a fun, unpretentious album that easily gets the head bobbing and toes tapping with its minimalist approach. It&rsquo;s a sleeper that you definitely shouldn&rsquo;t sleep on. - <i>Michael Colavita</i> </span></div>