Andy Browne Troupe dishes out a fine collection of tunes with Zazel
October 13, 2016
With his hands in and out of music over the last few decades, Andy Browne is best known as the front man of the defunct Atlanta band the Nightporters. Their brand of post-punk, pop infused, indie rock was a favorite of music lovers throughout Atlanta and Athens. The band’s life span, though brief, brought about some of the best music to come out of Atlanta during the 80’s and legendary live shows that have been recaptured with a few reunions throughout the years. Fast forward through time and Browne is still writing songs, still making music. His latest project, the Andy Browne Troupe, has just released the album Zazel, influenced by the boisterous, daredevil life of the first human cannonball Rosa “Zazel” Richter. This record is much like the life of its namesake, brash, unpredictable and not afraid to take chances.
Zazel opens up with the mostly acoustic track “Southern Rain” that looks to the past while facing the present. As the song progresses the mellow acoustic tones open up into a layered musical soundscape. The track “My Little Stone” is an upbeat tune loaded with pop melodies and catchy guitar riffs. The song comes from a musician’s point of view, ranting about a woman that unfavorably compares the band to the Rolling Stones. Many of the songs on Zazel deal with reflection on the sins of the past (“Sacred Cow”) and accepting what is to come (“Any Day Now”). Browne’s writing doesn’t get much better than with the melodic “A Place in the Sun”. Sounding much like Joe Strummer’s solo work, Browne examines life trying to figure out its path. The catchiest tune on the record is the raunchy “Virginia Please”. You will be singing along and jamming the air guitar before you realize Browne is singing about a girl that seems to give it up for almost everyone in a band.
As you dig through Zazel you can’t help but wonder if Browne’s songs are cultivated from his own life as a musician. The songs are told from a person that has lived a life with its fair share of ups and downs many of them relating to being a musician. Music should illicit some form of a response from the listeners and Zazel does just that. It is not a record that will hook you from the start it will require a few spins to let everything sink in, then you can see how good it is. Go sample Zazel from the Andy Browne Troupe you will not regret it.
The Andy Browne Troupe