KAZU | "Salty"

by Christopher Andrew Armstrong

Photo by Eva Michon Design and typography by Gelman

Photo by Eva Michon Design and typography by Gelman

It’s been almost five years since Blonde Redhead, the New York City based noise, dream-pop group, released their last album Barragan. Will the group behind such heralded classics like Misery is a Butterfly and 23 ever put out another full-length project? There’s honestly no telling, but while we wait for news on that front an offshoot from Blonde Redhead has arrived. KAZU, the solo project from frontwoman Kazu Makino, has announced her first solo LP titled Adult Baby. To coincide with this wonderful news, she’s also released the first single “Salty,” along with an accompanying music video.

Adult Baby features contributions by pioneers from the electronic and indie scenes such as Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace, David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Ian Chang (Son Lux, Landlady), and Ryuichi Sakamoto, and will arrive through the imprint Adult Baby, a new foray for Kazu Makino which will showcase like-minded artists who dedicate the art to exploring music’s outer realms through experimentation and avant-garde.

Kazu says the album name, as well as the name for the imprint., came from a time when an “old friend told me about the existence of so-called “adult baby club,’ frequented by powerful men who go there to be treated like small children.” She continues, “I am convinced that in a way, we are all adult babies, that many people feel that way inside that they identify with this expression.”

Check out the premiere for “Salty,” below. The single incorporates a mixture of heavy synths and layered vocals to create a boundary-pushing track which challenges the idea of what a song can be with it’s fearless experimentation. The video focuses on a slightly psychedelic day at the beach.

 Adult Baby will be released later this year.