Jailed BFF’s & Lost Shoes: Introducing Oakland’s Puzzled

Oakland's Puzzled might be the best thing to come out of the Bay Area right now. Composed modestly of three members—Stephen Taylor, Mike Morales, and Elyse Schrock, together they make driven, melodic pop music. Their songs, comprised of emotional meltdowns and video games, are earnest and almost childlike. The opening track, “Mario” is easily the most addictive of the album. The combination of guitarist Taylor’s vocals with drummer Schrock's harmonies evokes comparisons of early indie forerunners Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson and Heather Lewis. However, if possible, Puzzled is far more primitive, with lyrical content that brings to mind super sensitive twee heroes Tullycraft. [...]

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