Nashville is known as Music City, USA, but it’s hard to think of the town and not immediately hear the twang of big country or folk numbers. Underneath all the dusty swagger, however, beats a thriving indie pop scene that recently has been gaining steam from the likes of MYYRA and Vinyl Thief. The latest band proving that synth can survive in Tennessee is the duo of producer Micah Tawlks and singer Isaaca Byrd, together known as MYZICA.
In the spring of 2014, Tawlks was writing tracks in his basement with established local singer-songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones. That’s where the first MYZICA song, “Ready or Not” was born, but it lacked the spark of the vocals. Without a second thought, Tawlks reached out to his friend Byrd, whom he’d met while she was signing backup for other bands. Tawlks knew she needed an opportunity to take center stage, and he was more than thrilled to give it to her. Within a month, they had completed the writing and most of the recording for what would become their debut self-titled EP.
Due out June 9th, the five-track effort is streaming in full below. The duo run across ’80s vibe on opener “Ready or Not”, and blend those synth-y jams with the rhythms of their hometown on “We Started a Fire”. “Believer” recalls the wistful romance of a John Hughes film with a touch of gospel, while big single “Wait Just a Minute” beats with sweet summer grooves and soaring guitar solos.
“Every moment working on this EP was pure fun,” Tawlks says, “from writing the songs to tracking the gospel choir for ‘Believer’ on our last day in the studio – pure fun. We hope that happy energy gets passed along to everyone who listens.”
01. Ready Or Not
02. Wait Just A Minute
03. We Started A Fire
05. Wait Just A Minute (Makeup And Vanity Set Remix)