Premiere: Myzica Release Debut Album 'Love & Desire'

Premiere: Myzica Release Debut Album 'Love & Desire'

The perfect '80s synth sounds to get you through the week

The perfect '80s synth sounds to get you through the week

Text: Ian David Monroe

At the V office, music is constantly playing. Truthfully, at times, it becomes a brain-blocked white noise on monotony. While that particular scene might seem a bit numbing, it does have its advantages: specifically, when a new track plays that’s so good it snaps you out of the mundane. Recently, that track has been “Drive” by Nashville-based duo Myzica. The two, Micah Tawlks and singer Isaaca Byrd, released their cover of The Cars’ popular ’84 track a little less than two weeks ago, and it's quickly becoming their most popular.

Here, V proudly premieres Myzica’s debut album Love & Desire, which hears them at their most fully realized. Many of the tracks have already been released, including personal fave "We Started A Fire," but they still fit well in the sonic identity cemented by “Drive.” The LP’s effortlessly cool and pretense-free quality has a lot, if not everything, to do with how it was recorded:

"Writing and recording Love & Desire was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had working on music," says Tawlks. "What made it fun was not only the music itself but the all the collaboration that went into making it. From writing songs with Matthew Perryman Jones and Kevin Dailey, to co-producing songs with Dabney Morris, I think what makes this record unique is that collaboration. Actually, the word ‘collaboration’ feels overused and cold," says Byrd. "These people are some of our best friends. It was more like hanging out and making music together."

While Myzica’s sound draws heavily on ‘80s electronic, there is a very clear focus on the present. “Love & Desire was our attempt at making a record about love in a time of likes. We tried to focus on the innocent part of love. The untarnished beginnings. I suppose an attempt to try to remember what that was like.”

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Banner Photo Andrea Behrends

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