Brooklyn’s Andy Suzuki and Kozza Olatunji-Babumba (of future pop/r&b group Andy Suzuki & The Method) have been making music together for nearly a decade, but now with their third full-length album, ‘The Glass Hour’, a creative friendship has flowered into a formidable musical force.
The half-Japanese, half-Jewish Suzuki and hand-percussionist Kozza (grandson of percussion legend Babtunde Olatunji) first garnered wider attention with their buoyant, organic folk-pop album, Born out of Mischief, and soon found themselves opening for names as large as Ringo Starr, Eric Hutchinson, Joshua Radin, Marc Broussard, Delta Rae, and Tyrone Wells. Fans fell hard for their combination of a “velvet voice” (NPR) and their “deadly way with melody” (TimeOut New York). Their sinuous songwriting, which curves into eddies and unexpected shapes at every measure, is steadied by Andy’s impossibly dulcet vocals, that carry us gently through as the songs toss and heave. ‘The Glass Hour’ keeps all these curves and fleecy vocals, but no longer wants the limits of the folk-pop label. Instead, Andy and Kozza are creating ‘future pop with an r&b vibe’ that both sounds like its beaming in from the year 2019, and also harkens back to the R&B aesthetic that made Andy and Kozza fall in love with music as teenagers. Andy and Kozza enlisted the production talents of LA-based Juny Mag to scale their music up to stadium-sized dimensions, and also brought in big guns Dominic Fallacaro, Will Hensley, Chris Gehringer— all Grammy winners— for recording, mixing and mastering ‘The Glass Hour’.