So Many Wizards release their first album Warm Nothing.
It’s hard to imagine that the man behind the self-proclaimed “bedroom pop” act So Many Wizards began his life in America after fleeing violence-stricken Iran by traveling through Europe, South America, and living a month in the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica. Nima Kazerouni has been working under the name So Many Wizards since moving to L.A., and now, with seasoned veterans of L.A.’s vibrant DIY scene Erik Felix, Geoff Geis and Frank Maston backing him up, Kazerouni has released his debut album, Warm Nothing.
From his eccentric vocals at the forefront, you can tell his music has shifted from a way to cope with his anxiety-ridden childhood to expressing the bubblegum pop lifestyle one may expect from living in L.A. Each track flows effortlessly to the next through the sickly-sweet synths, the taps of percussion and the twanging bass lines accompanying the dreamy lyrics, which hopefully allude to Kazerouni’s now carefree life. The track “Inner City,” whose music video hit the internet late last year, may be short and sweet but is a perfectly crafted indie pop track. Great hooks, clangy guitar riffs and tribal tom drums back up Kazerouni’s eclectic voice as he sings, “Smile at your neighbor, smile at the paper/everything is going to change.” Another song we kept going back to on the album was “Lose Your Mind,” a track that is best listened to outside on a porch, drinking an ice-cold beer, contemplating summer hijinks with friends.
All in all, Warm Nothing is pretty good. With a band that has such a particular sound, it’s hard not to produce an album with tracks that are all the same. Repetitive riffs may be a fault in this album, but with only one song that passes the three-minute mark and the entire album clocking in at about thirty minutes, they understand the importance of not overdoing a good thing. The band just came back from their first U.K. tour thanks to Indiegogo and are back to dominating the L.A. DIY scene. If you see their name on a flyer on a telephone pole, be sure to check out a show.
Best Tracks: “Lose Your Mind,” “Happy Birthday,” “Never Wake Up”
Skip These: “Into a Daze,” “Peru”