Jessica Maros steps out on her own as Kuzin with stellar ‘Cavity’

Kuzin‘Cavity’
Kuzin (Kill Canyon)
3.5 stars out of 5

“The Ghost of Escondido,” the remarkable full-length debut from Americana duo Escondido, was one of my favorite albums of 2013 and remains in steady rotation on my iPod. The 10-track gem earned Jessica Maros and Tyler James comparisons to heavyweight tandems like Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris and Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks and such talk wasn’t completely without merit.

Kuzin CDSo you can imagine my excitement to learn that Maros was striking out on her own — under the moniker Kuzin — in between Escondido albums. Her solo debut “Cavity” finds Maros spreading her musical wings as she explores more of an indie/alternative rock vibe.

“I didn’t want to create something perfect … just something real,” she explains. “My songs are always morphing and changing, so there comes a time to just press record and see what sort of expression you get.”

Maros has legitimate songwriting and vocal chops and she puts them to great use throughout the 30-minute platter. I wouldn’t want her to give up the day job with Escondido — that band is just too good — but Kuzin shine on the title track, “Dumb Bitch,” “Take Another,” “On My Mind,” “Run Deeper” and “Hearts.” This is a worthy side project. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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