Wizard Oz is a veteran in the Bandcamp world. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, they have been consistently releasing music on the site for over four years. Wizard Oz blends post punk rhythms and aesthetics with upbeat vocal tracks to provide a happy medium in cross-genre music. Their style focuses on very minimalistic interpretations of post-punk themes (almost like if Blink 182 were still making music currently, except releasing their work on Bandcamp and living in Portland to work at a super hip and underground record store).
These Days” the record’s single, is the best representation of these similarities in style. Ramones influences can even be heard consistently throughout this track (particularly “My Brain is Hanging Upside Down” from their record Animal Boy). Classic influences implemented in the right way can make a song so much stronger, just as Wizard Oz was able to do here. The following track, “I Knew” takes a different approach with more serious lyrics and a different sound.
Influences aside, Wizard Oz does manage to hold their own in the independent music scene. Wizard Oz focuses on playing dreamy ambient type music that would pair well with any sort of relaxing experience. This self titled release is just as pleasant as everything else in the Beko Disques library, if not more. If ambient-esque post punk music is your interest or if you want to support indie record labels releasing indie work, Wizard Oz’s Wizard Oz will find a home perfectly snug in your library. – Buzzworthy Blog
Tracklist: These Days / I Knew / Hold On / Black Bag / Where I am / Day By Day / Press Closer / Your Side/ One Night / Emptiness and Everything