John Wizards: Muizenberg

This week focuses on artists we discovered while in South Africa during Design Indaba 2014

Most bands cross genre lines, but few are as protean as Cape Town-based John Wizards. In their dreamy single “Muizenberg”—named for a sleepy beachside suburb of the Mother City—the band exemplifies their ability to draw on American indie rock, R&B and various styles of music from their home continent. A lingering guitar riff settles over a driving beat rounded out with compressed, airy vocals. Think Beach House meets Madlib sprinkled with a touch of Vampire Weekend—a band that frontman John Withers counts as a formative influence.