By Qadir Shabazz for Boston Compass
January 29, 2021
10 years in the making, 10 plus years of friendship -- after starting off with just a Vocalist and guitar player (Anneke & Max), the Big Fuzzy band has reached a level of settlement within their collective sound; adding Dan who plays the bass guitar and Austin who is a well known percussionist in the local area of Boston.
The newly added musicians gives the two original members the motivation and concrete direction to compose what would be the bands first self titled debut album under the label “Doll House Lightening”. This collection of music gives me a feeling that sits with the idea of “Indie meets Jazz”, from top to bottom I found myself not skipping a song due to the fact that each sound is fresh as it maintains the same feeling.
Riding over the sounds are the vocals of Anneke, whose vocals and choice of lyrics remind of someone along the lines of Esperanza Spaulding. It’s cool, it’s abstract -- I felt nothing but encouraged, uplifted and the driving sense of accepting the idea of optimism while listening thoroughly to what was being said over the dynamic guitar combination and Austin’s impeccable drum playing.
The album is friendly, it obtains a lot of messages the fulfill any void of emotion -- I like it. If you’re looking for something fresh that presents the identity of “for the love of music and uplifting people”, then this Big Fuzzy album should definitely be on your list.