2018 was a great year for the the German quintet. Their debut album, Mara, made ripples where it mattered but failed to capture the attention that it deserved. With their upcoming record, Fazer are looking to capitalize on a solid foundation.
If it weren’t for the richness of their melodies, ones that get stuck in your ear and refuse to leave, Mara would have been marked down as an good start for the German outfit. As it stands, they represent a far more exciting prospect than that. Hailing from Munich, a town that houses influential labels like ECM, ACT and Enja, bassist Martin Brugger leads the charge, enlisting dynamic duo Simon Popp and Sebastian Wolfgruber on drums, Matthias Lindermayr on trumpet and guitarist Paul Brändle.
Ahead of their upcoming second album, Nadi, they have released “Pop Up,” a track that delivers their already recognisable sound: intricate interweaved beats, steady grooving bass lines and controlled flourishes of soulful guitar and trumpet. Fazer feel like musical logisticians, organized and well-balanced; never over-extending their capacity for harmonic creativity. But instead of resulting in a blunted sound, their tracks deliver a concentrated sensory punch – one that keeps the listener firmly grooving.
Fazer demonstrate how creativity doesn’t always equal freedom. The full album will be out on April 12. Listen to their track new track now:
Have a read of our article on their debut album Mara here: Fazer: an Irresistible Start for the Munich Quintet