On April 10, Los Angeles-based band Bizou will release their latest EP Stillifeburning (pre-order). Today the band shared the official video for “Crashing Sky” the first single to be lifted from the forthcoming release with PopMatters. The video which was directed by the band is also available to share now on YouTube. Marissa Prietto says, “Echoing 90s MTV, the self-directed video captures the band in a vivid haze of glitch and clouds. Intercut with scraps of lyrics, the effect is at once as intimate and mysterious as the song itself.” “Crashing Sky” will be available on all streaming services this Friday to add to your favorite playlists.
The band, fronted by singer Marissa Prietto (Wax Idols / Glaare), features the talents of multi-instrumentalist/producer Josiah Mazzaschi (Light FM),Nicole Fiorentino (one-half of the duo the Cold and Lovely and former bassist for Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt, among others) and guitarist Nicki Nevlin (Light FM). Combining propulsive darkwave rhythms, shifting synth scales, haunting vocals and a wall of shivering shoegaze guitars, Bizou craft a sound entirely their own. Formed in 2017, Bizou have shared stages with Drab Majesty, Ötzi, Hunny, and many others — spinning their gossamer web of dark and bright sonic waves around goth and pop fans alike.
Following the release of their eponymous 2018 EP, Bizou joined SF cold wavers Topographies on a Southwestern tour culminating in a showcase at Elysium / SXSW. Upon return the band retreated to guitarist/producer Josiah Mazzaschi’s beloved Cave Studio to write and record their second EP, Stillifeburning — both a tonal departure from the first and a decidedly saturnine downshift in mood.
The opening track “Crashing Sky” opens like a startled eye at midnight, surrounded by swirls of vertiginous guitars and spiraling synth arpeggios. The vocals emerge or rather unravel from within — a confessional lifeline within the chaos. Personal asides dot the lyrical landscape, of Stillifeburning, The EP’s title reflecting a captured state of immolating introspection, sometimes bordering on disintegration. “If you could dive into into the subconscious of another person totally separate from you, as if through a trapdoor — that to me would describe the feeling of these songs,” says singer Marisa Prietto.
Texturally the EP gathers influence from an amalgam of post-punk mainstays like JAMC, The Cure, and Slowdive; but carves away from similitude with arresting hooks and unexpected melodies that breathe fresh urgency into well-established forms.