Though Ma Turner may be best known for his collaborative endeavors in various groups over the past dozen years (Warmer Milks, CROSS, Salad Influence, and most recently Teal Grapefruit) his strongest work takes the form of the highly idiosyncratic recordings he conjures as a solo artist. Assembled from recordings made at various locations in Lexington, Kentucky between 2010 and 2015 “Mazozma” runs the gamut from cinematic guitar laments, vocal cut-up collages, late night folk sludge, and languid slinky keyboard nocturnes. Turner exposes his highly personal songwriting while abandoning reverence to any tradition, conveying a genre-free spirit comparable to Ghedalia Tazartes, Jim Shepard, or Barton Smith’s Folkways masterpiece “Reelizations”. “Mazozma” further refines the path developed on “ZOZ” (LP, Sophomore Lounge, 2014), a collection condensing 12 cassettes–one for each month of 2013–into a single album.
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