Music You Need to Know About: SURREALIZED – Les Sterling, Seattlegayscene.com
"...In an industry where re-hashing, trend-driven creative-commodity marketing and categorization addicts rule, SURREALIZED refuses this absolutism. They borrow the best parts of electronic and psychedelic, but incorporate beats and sounds from all over the musical spectrum with impunity and perfect grace... (at the risk of sounding like a total hippie) wrap yourself in a blanket of audio love, and be warmed. It may just change the way you experience live music forever. Check your cynicism and expectations at the door – you won’t need them there..."
Nada Mucho Magazine Review – Red Lehman
"Surrealized has more grooves and hooks to them than an entire season of Dangerous Catch. Their self-titled EP takes their passionate, empowered and brilliant live show and tries to reconstruct it with five of their best. Every song is truly a highlight, but "God/Man/Machine" and "Hesitate" really showcase what this duo do best: slick electro-rock dance music. If you like Calvin Harris, Above & Beyond and even New Order you will enjoy what you hear here.
However, seeing them live is a whole worldly different experience. When I listen to the recorded songs I recall what happened on stage; the smart joke that drew you in; Rob's orchestric knob turning; Kimo's vocal range and instrument bravado without coming across as a multi-instrumental egomaniac. Everything stated has a purpose, every instrument has a part, and the audience has a role within their Surrealized world... and it's a damn beautiful thing. 8 out of 10"
Surrealized: Seattle's Latest Electric Eclectics – SPIN Earth article by Ken Roeder
"Surrealized, a new electronic duo, brings Rob Anonymous (Miss Solar System), behind the beats, together with Kimo Muraki (17th Chapter, Super Sonic Soul Pimps), on guitar and vocals. Both musicians have been a part of many bands in the local Seattle scene and their new project has hit the ground running. Thick beats, soul grabbing vocal layers and guitar work rock the listener. Stay tuned, they'll come around again!"
Venture into New Realms with Surrealized – Seattle Music and Blog.com
“What talented local duo has more soul than Air, is more organic than Moby, and encase themselves in a kaleidoscopic light show resembling the likes of Ghostland Observatory and Ratatat? Need a hint? They will be opening for Manooghi Hi on Saturday night at the Crocodile. If you guessed Surrealized, then you are definitely in-the-know with Seattle’s underground psychedelic music scene. If you didn’t know on the other hand…don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Capitalizing on each other’s expertise, beat maestro Rob Anonymous and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kimo Muraki come together and mash an eclectic mix of musical genres. In fact, because Surrealize incorporates such a different mix of sounds ranging from Electronica and Indie-Rock to Soul and Alternative Country, that any attempt to categorize its sound is akin to deciphering the shapes of those famous inkblots in a Rorschach test…pretty much any description fits.
Yet, the music that Rob and Kimo produce is more than just a concoction of different sounds. It is an experiment that ventures towards creating a new mode of communication between artist and audience. It is an effort to engage one another on a higher level of consciousness where trust and creativity abound. So, if you have a chance, head over to the Crocodile Saturday, July 17, 2010 and experience Surrealize for yourself. Who knows, it may just turn out to be the cathartic experience your soul has been seeking all this time.”
Jodi Kaufer comments on Surrealized! – Seattle Show Gal
"A glorious mish-mash of electronica, indie, rock, and most points in between... Kimo Muraki’s smooth vocals along with the group’s synth-pop/electronica sound gives me the urge to move."