Hazansky – Grandma


Grandma is the debut EP from Hazansky (real name Joseph Matveyenko). A recipient of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame College Scholarship, Hazansky demonstrates on these recordings exactly why he was the right choice for such an honor. These songs are absolutely fantastic. They have what I would consider to be an authentic 60’s sound, with dreamy reverb and warm analog tones. The music reminds me a bit of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, as well as groups like Dino, Desi and Billy. Occasionally it takes surprising turns in more jazzy and soulful directions, while at other times transitioning into piano driven lounge music. Everything is blended together well, and no matter what angle you look at it from, this album is pristine. My favorite song on here is the title track, Grandma, which accurately captures the essence of an old sound while infusing it with a fresh theme and creative sentimentality. I also have a soft spot for this jam because I was always a bit of a “grandma’s boy.”