You can find good music just about anywhere these days. If all you’re looking for is some good music, you don’t need us to help you find it. We’re looking for more than that; nothing less than inspiring expressions from truly gifted artists with passion in their soul. It’s harder to find. It doesn’t come from press releases. It comes from getting off your fucking Macbook and exploring.
Though, ahem, I guess sometimes you get lucky, and catch a Facebook post from a friend who did the exploring, as was the case when Dennis from Spirit In The Room encountered an independent artist named Naia Izumi playing by herself out on Hollywood Boulevard. This led me to two great EPs of hers, Soft Spoken Woman and Never Let Them Tame You.
Izumi is one of those rare artists that has taken an extraordinarily broad and weird mix of unusual influences and quirks, and arranged it all into a sound that is impossibly accessible. That quality is usually recognized via the coded term “pop sensibility” but it certainly takes some amount of genius to so effectively organize this mélange of “aggressive blues” from Izumi’s deep south hometown, intricate guitar work with prog/math rhythms, trip-hop, and sultry R&B vocals.