During our annual broadcast from CMJ, we try to include as many up and coming bands as possible. Occasionally those bands are just about blow up (Arcade Fire in 2004), already finding their footing as indie rock mainstays (The Hold Steady in 2007), or the current buzz bands (The xx in 2009), but more often than not, they’re bands you’ve barely, if ever, heard… but they’re bands we hope you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the future. This year, we invited The Union Line, Soft Black, Chief, Rubik, and others who are only just getting started. Also among them, Brooklyn duo ZAZA.
Though neither Danny Taylor nor Jennifer Fraser originate from the burgeoning borough, they’ve quickly become entrenched in the scene, bringing with them plenty of experience: Fraser used to play with The Warlocks back in Los Angeles, and Taylor has produced and performed with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in Brooklyn. But while ZAZA shares some elements of these other bands — a touch of psychedelia, a dollop of dream pop — they’ve no doubt created their own sound. Here they are at the Cutting Room Studios NYC on the Morning Show with John Richards, performing four songs, three from their Cameo EP on Kanine Records: