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MUSICIAN’S SPOTLIGHT, MTPR, 2/8/17

The Alt-Country, Dirt Wave Sounds of Izaak Opatz

 

 

MISSOULIAN, 2/9/17

A Best Westerner Goes Solo

 

 

MISSOULA INDEPENDENT, 2/8/17

The Life and Loves and Lyrics of Izaak Opatz

 

 

       ATLANTA AUDITORY ASSOCIATION, 6/22/2107

      Izaak Opatz offers a collection of well crafted songs…

 

 

PORTLAND MERCURY CALENDAR, 5/17/2017


(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) Izaak Opatz is the best songwriter you’ve probably never heard of. As leader of Missoula band the Best Westerns, Opatz dabbles in off-kilter country and roadhouse rock (see the band’s fantastic 2014 record High Country). February’s Mariachi Static is Opatz’s solo debut, buoyed by wry tunes that bring twangy, back-porch pop into the 21st century. “One Way or Another” is a punky track about attending a former lover’s wedding, and on “Arm’s Length Away,” Opatz praises downed wifi and the absence of cell service as welcome barriers that prevented him from reaching out to an ex after a long night at the bar. He sprinkles honesty into his music with a wink, using the three-minute pop song mold for cerebral (and fun) meta-modern country. RYAN J. PRADO