At the core of Toronto-based, globally minded nine-piece crew Maza Mezé are a handful of people of different cultural backgrounds. Only a fool wouldn't make full use of that arsenal.
For their second album, Maza Mezé do just that. Each member of the group writes a song, drawing on their own influences for inspiration and singing in English, Arabic, Swedish, Bengali, Greek and Esperanto. There are several different voices of varying strengths here, so Brand New Threads is a bit of a mixed bag. Not everyone is a born singer, but most, like reedsman Ernie Tollar -- who offers up a dreamy, drone-heavy Arabic epic -- manage to pull it off with class. Maza Mezé play the Glenn Gould Studio Saturday (June 3).