Well, let me admit, immediately and without hesitation, I’ve been a huge fan of IZZ since I first heard them a little over a decade ago. In everything they do, they combine passion, taste, and elegance. One might even describe their music as an earnest intensity. Lyrically, the band never dumbs itself down, but offers words of majestic inspiration and serious contemplation.
Their latest release is an EP, appropriately and rather cleverly entitled Half-Life, itself comprised of three new tracks and one live track. The three new tracks—entitled, in order, “The Soul of Music,” “Into the Sun,” and “Half Life”—offer grand progressive visions, reflecting, respectively, IZZ’s deep appreciation and love of Kate Bush and Chris Squire and Yes; Rick Wakeman and Big Big Train and ELP; and, perhaps most interestingly of all, Stranger Things(the Netflix series) and Kansas and Glass Hammer.
None of IZZ’s appreciation of other progressive rock acts gets in the way of that uniquely beautiful IZZ voice. Indeed, such appreciation on the part of IZZ of other bands only makes IZZ all the more interesting, honed, and glorious. And, just in case it might seem like the music overwhelms the listener, the lyrics simply soar, especially on “Half Life,” bringing the listener to the verge of tears in the last several second of the track.
The final track is a rather stunning live rendition “The Weight of It All” from the band’s Ampersand, Vol. 1, album.
In this current whirligig of viruses, protests, injustices, and anxious unrest, do yourself a grand, grand favor—treat yourself to the humane, cultivated, and class act that is IZZ. Your soul will thank you.
[To support IZZ (and for a mere $5), click here: https://izzmusic.bandcamp.com/album/half-life-ep]