The music of Young Mothers, lead by singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Zachary Bennett Toporek, calls back to a time before “pop” became a dirty word, when ambitious songwriters armed with melodies, chops and sincerity reached for something more than the stale ambivalence that prevails on the increasingly depressing radio dial. Young Mothers’ self-released debut, Arts & Crafts, won over listeners in 2008, showcasing their ambitious talent and penchant for undeniable hooks.
-Jason P. Woodbury
Young Mothers – a music act that hits the sweet spot of some things I love like one-man bands and music dealing with the state of Arizona. Young Mothers, the musical work of Zachary Toporek from Tuscon, is the simple intersection where a moody Elliott Smith guitar crashes into the chipper sounds of a Weezer melody. The guitar pop/rock combination works well on “Transnational”, the single from his soon-to-hit-iTunes debut Arts & Crafts (label hint?), but Toporek’s nasally voice (e.g. Donovan Woods) on folk-pop tracks like “Family” help accentuate some fine lyrics and a swell storytelling delivery.