Queen on the guitar solo pop rock Naia Izumi continues his constant output with “Lone Wolf” and it’s another solid EP as she continues to find cement his sound.
The title track opens the EP with jazzy overtones as he finger picks his way through the verses and lets smoky jazz chords open up the choruses. Paired with sultry molasses coated voice, it’s a chilled out experience. “Calculate” is a far more frenzied affair as riff after riff unfurls like a ball of wool before exploding into an electric frenzy for the heaviest track in his catalogue to date. “Can’t figure you out” is like a four minute guitar virtuoso of chord progressions and stanzas on a guitar to a pop beat. It’s tightly woven melodies are made for alt-pop radio here and it’s the easiest way to get into his unique blend of music and math like rock. Closer “Daydreams of You” is a more jazzy blues tinged number with its swinging beat but the finger picking at times runs a little at odds with the mood it creates in the verses as it’s high pitched tone give more urgency than the rest of the track imbues.
Once again, Izumi creates a really unique style for herself, although in the cannon of her own work, it circles around everything she’s created before. It’s interesting that he releases EP’s of four tracks rather than albums – his sound is unique but the short play times accentuate that fact more so and lets you hold his style as more special. I’m looking for a little more stretching in track diversity in his future work, but what’s here is great.
Recommended Track : Calculate