Around this time last year, I was revelling in Szozda’s track The Life of Someone I Used To Know and was bowled away by his cross-genre, singer-songwriter chops. Well, now we have a whole album’s worth of exploring ito do thanks to Night Owl, his third album to date (sorry for being late to the party) and it just goes to prove that my first impression of his music wasn’t unfounded.
Here we find the Toledo multi-instrumentalist pushing folk, roots, and Americana boundaries, playing with blues, jazz, funky vibes and soulful sounds, hopping and splicing genres and cooking up a unique sound with lyrics that vary from the wise to the witty, the profound to the popular. Hard Times is the authentic sound of jazz-blues updated for the modern audience, Angeline has a touch of Tom Waits about it, only with a more easily accessible voice and Mischievous Song, which kicks the album off, is a modern indie-folk tune shot through with elegant guitar work and eloquent lyrics.
The Life of Someone I Used To Know was a great song, so I suspected that this would be a great album. But the word great only begins to cover the sonic experience it offers.