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Ozma
Pasadena
About A Girl Records
www.ozmaonline.com


I don't know who these guys are or where they came from or better yet what their name means. But this is some of the best music I've heard in quite a while. Ozma is probably the coolest name for a band yet. According to Wikipedia "ozma" could mean anything from: ruler of Oz, a superboss from the game Final Fantasy IX or the tag of a Greek graffiti writer from NYC. What the true reasoning behind their name is, I will most likely never know. But that's alright with me because the music I heard on their most recent album Pasadena is brilliant. Its up-beat, happy-go-lucky lyrics and rhythms make me think pop. Although the "casiotone" driven theme to most of their songs also takes me to a more electronic feeling. The genre may not be definite, but after essentially being together for nine years (minus a hiatus in the middle for a couple years) they seem to have perfected their own genre. Along with the excellent band name are some equally excellent song names. Take "Motorology", for instance. This song starts out almost sounding like a hip-hop song, with beats so low that it makes one feel like a thug. Don't be fooled, because the original sound of the album comes into play after a few seconds. "I Wonder" slows it down for a moment. Much more focus is placed on vocals and harmonizing. I almost get a Beatles influence on this one, which is refreshing because they perform it so nicely. I skipped to the last song, because it's always interesting how artists choose to end their albums. In "Straight Flush," the raspy voice... is that Tom Petty? I could swear that it is. Seeing as how "voice" is listed next to every member of the band, I won't be able to know who it really is without seeing them live. Oh well. The heavy guitars and deep voice are powerful to say the least. It's a curve ball thrown compared to the rest of the album, but such an intriguing way to end [the album].

Ozma are from California... Pasadena, actually, as their album title would suggest. I still don't know how they would define their name. But what I have found out is the music is unmatched. Something different from the day-to-day. My mind is intrigued and hopefully one day they will tour this area. If for the pure reason to see them live....and to ask a few questions.

-Rachel Fredrickson


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