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Mercury Said 65
Artist: Dazy Head Mazy
Time: 12 Tracks 48:56
Dazy Head Mazy are a solid folk/pop/rock band that I had never heard of until now. Lead vocalist Will Bauermeister states in the liner notes of Mercury Said 65 that it is an album “of stories from my past. My family, the road, camp, Sunday school, cynical observations of love, and growing up in Minnesota.” The only part of that statement that I find puzzling is the last part about growing up in Minnesota. The sound of Dazy Head Mazy has much more of a Nebraska, Kansas, or even Texas feel to it in many ways. These songs are heartland songs that are primarily built around lead acoustic guitar and harmonica with some electric twelve string thrown in for flavor hear and there.
The title track opens the album with some great acoustic melody guitars and harmonies from Bauermeister and his band mates that calls to mind Carbon Leaf. In fact many of the songs on this project recall some of Carbon Leaf’s more acoustic numbers on their “Indian Summer” and “Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat” albums. Wilco comparisons in their “Being There” era aren’t out of the question either.
“Don’t Lose Any Sleep” features a bit more bass and fully sound as Bauermester writes kind of sarcastically about how he doesn’t want a former girlfriend to worry about him because ‘he won’t be back again.’
“Kweneneka” features some great harmonica solos in a song about a good friend who while very dear to the protagonist, often argues with the main character. She says to the protagonist:
Kweneneka said this to my face,
They love you the way you are,
Everyone’s gonna take your side,
Just because you play guitar
This song is very funny yet realistic. How many of us do genuinely treasure our friendship enough to call us out on things sometimes?
“We Jazzed The Hour” features some solid bluesy electric guitar solos interspersed among drums and rhythm acoustic guitar chords. This song feels like a Dazy Head Mazy history song as Bauermeister writes about how they had an impact on their hometown when they played concerts in local bars and clubs, and how they’ve gotten through good and bad times together.
“Three Different Shades Of Beautiful” is one of the best love songs I’ve heard in quite a while. Built around bongos and acoustic guitar, it’s a sensitive and touching number, Bauermeister sings:
She thinks of me when I am gone,
And in my heart a little light turns on,
To my soul she can do no wrong
She is three different shades of beautiful
Three different shades of wonderful
And I’m gonna marry you.
“Everybody Wants To Be A Bartender” is another example of songs about the small town America. It is simply about desiring not to be lonely and how people often go to bars just so they aren’t alone.
You left your fears at home,
And now you’re not alone,
Come sit you’re a** over hear,
And crack another beer.
While the song could appear to promote alcoholism, I really don’t get that feel from it. Instead it has the feel of a song written about how so many people are lonely and in need of community, yet seek it in a place where they won’t feel like they are judged.
“Goliath” as the title might imply is a song about Bible Stories, featuring lyrics mentioning many Old Testament heroes including Adam & Eve, Abraham, and David and Goliath.
“Everybody Goes There” brings back the harmonica solos for another round Bauermeister again writes about wanting to be around people and going to a place just because everyone else does.
My conclusion on this project is that Dazy Head Mazy are a must have for fans of folk/pop music or really any kind of folksy roots oriented bands like Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, as well as the softer sides of Guster, and the aforementioned Wilco and Carbon Leaf.