Hailing from Moorpark, CA Juzzie Sankk has been writing and recording her own tracks since high school. She briefly fronted the alt-rock band A Moment on Saturn and co-fronted the punk band UI/UX. Recently she has been performing at open mics and writing new material. The new material comes in the form of Deadbeat EP, which is a complete DIY effort.
There are a couple aesthetic issues regarding the EP so let’s get that out of the way first. The songs on Deadbeat EP were recorded in her home on consumer’s gear and it sounds like what you would expect. Her vocals are sometimes too buried in the mix, the instrumentation could have sounded warmer and lacked some essential frequencies and there are some minor issues with timing. They sound like demos from a musician who has innate talent and possible untapped potential.
Sankk states that Deadbeat EP is all about the anxiety of youth and the uniquely unsettling feeling of boredom and wasted days. The lyrics on the first track “Deadbeat” seem to point directly to those ideas. She sings, “There's a sadness inside/That can't get out/And there are ghosts of a past life/They follow me around/They're all gears in machines/It don't feel nothin like me yeah/ Fit my life history/Onto a piece of paper.”
“Waste My Time” drips with melancholy and regret as she sings about wasted time. The instrumentation revolves around a couple of guitars that support her vocals. The closer “The Moth and the Curtain” displayed the most originally and talent from Sankk. An organ combines with a distorted guitar and provides a solid platform for her vocals.
If Sankk want to further her ideas, songs and talent she will benefit from collaborating with a producer/engineer on her future releases. From what I have heard on Deadbeat EP Sankk has solid songs but lacks proper implementation. The right producer/engineer might crack open her potential.
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