" Baby Scream - Identity Theft "
by Lisa Sutlieff
Juan Pablo Mazzola’s brilliant and hugely underrated Baby Scream is back, bringing a brand new EP for 2010, Identity Theft.
The EP is a mellow and Latin infused collection which owes more than a passing nod to Beatles legend John Lennon. Mazzola’s vocals, at times, could convince even the most hardcore Lennon fans that their idol lives on; in fact the final track, “Mucho Mungo” is even a cover of a lesser known Lennon song. The vocal effects which evoke Lennon so successfully are spot on throughout, even down to his faltering vibrato. This EP is an ode to Lennon, perhaps resulting in the EP’s title, Identity Theft.
However, there is no stealing of identity occurring here. Mazzola’s gentle and charming tribute comes amongst a host of other strengths on the EP. His knack for simple and hook laden songwriting means that Identity Theft, in a similar way to his previous EP, Monsters, is full of captivating melodies and hugely catchy guitar lines. Add to that some accomplished production courtesy of Muddy Stardust and there is a clear recipe for success. Mazzola’s signature sound is all over this EP, and stands firmly despite his awareness of walking in Lennon’s shoes.
It’s a beautiful EP. The infectiously bluesy rhythms, guitars and simple chord structure of “Memories” makes for an addictively mellow, summer-filled track, while the moody, aggressive blues of “Underground Blues” adds attitude to the collection. Add to that a little mild Latin spice, and a big nod to the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and there you have an EP worthy of note. It’s most definitely worth a listen and especially just now when we all need a little promise that a warm spring and summer are on the way. Baby Scream is back, enjoy!
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My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
If you had to find me somewhere, you would probably find me down at O'neils home cooking eating an organic sweet-potato bun breakfast sandwich with ham.
Among my friends, it's a "Muller Classic Move" to eat Mcdonald's at 2am because it's cheap and open 24/7. The joke here is that I'm an idiot.
I play drums, guitar, piano, and I write & perform music for My Goal Is Telepathy. Take a listen to the latest sound here.