First Impressions: Blaze McKenzie

The initial listening experience of Blaze McKenzie is evocative of the indie band scene of Nashville, so it’s not surprising that the artists are fellow southerners from Oklahoma City. What is highly remarkable and sets this artist apart from most acts you may hear in a bar room is the high production quality; this guy is destined for a soundtrack or two.

The playlist found on Blaze McKenzie’s Spotify is short only in it’s seemingly EP length listening time from many two-three minute tracks, as they serve intrigue through storytelling in tall order. You’ll find ribbon mic vocals and echoing effects that border haunting within tracks like “Born a Shadow”, then swoop into acoustic simplicity that holds the listener’s interest through melodic lyricism in “Heaven”. The sliding guitar on “Think a New Thing” compliments a steady tom-tom beat, but there is plenty of interesting additives from the organ to layered, energetic vocals.

The track “Never Faking” has a cinematic feel, a pacing, swaying song that rolls into a climatic overture. This song is lyrically interesting due to it’s use of literary metaphor, so if you are someone who enjoys pulling intimacies and personal reflections from lyrics, the lines of this song will surely be relateable to most in one context or another. On the flip side, the melodic energy of “Spirits” is simple in it’s lyrical repetition but is elemental as a transition during an entire album spin; which in it’s totality is one melancholic, reflective wave after the next.

Future tour dates will be made available soon on Blaze McKenzie’s website and the full length album Born a Shadow released on Medical Records can be ordered through Bandcamp or Amazon

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