Where Synthpop Meets Retro Rock: Azwel

Azwel New York-based artist Jason Perrillo has been recording and performing under the name Azwel for several years.  His newly-released project, entitled Fact and Fantasy, is the fourteenth full-length or EP release under that name, and it reveals an artist attempting to push his music beyond the electric/acoustic sound featured in his previous releases.

Azwel’sFact presents a musical style best thought of as a melding of synthpop and ‘60-70’s rock (à la Chicago or The Zombies).  This hodgepodge of instruments and styles can result in an overwhelmingly busy feel, as on the song “Svetlana”.  Thankfully, the album does attempt to showcase Azwel’s range as a songwriter and musician, and not every track feels chaotic.  In fact, some songs (“Over and Out”, “Pleasant Dreams”) prove that the sound Azwel is striving for has the potential to be quite nice when reigned in a bit.

Below is the video for the title track from Fact and Fantasy.  To listen to full tracks from previous releases, or to learn more about this artist, visit Azwel’s ReverbNation page.

 

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Patricia Moulton

Patricia has been in love with music for as long as she can remember. Her first actual performance was in a church musical in the second grade, and she hasn't stopped making and listening to music since. These days, you can find her working at a desk job in West Texas to make sure her rent gets paid, but spending much of her free time devouring all of the music she can get her hands on and perfecting her own musical skillset. Right now, Patricia's primary musical outlet is with her church's worship team, but she's always looking for new opportunities, and combining her love of writing with her ardent affection for all things musical to write for The Appetizer's blog is a thrilling new adventure.

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