I haven’t the foggiest who this kid is, where he comes from or what he’s all about. I just know that I stumbled across him on YouTube and found myself weirdly enjoying his music. His style and voice bears a strong resemblance to Nick Drake, if Nick Drake had been on the appropriate anti-depressants and had listened to the Beatles. Take a listen:
There’s so much I enjoy about this kid: his dreamy, unfocused voice; the layering of instrumentation (that I believe he does himself); the refreshingly shameless, soul-baring lyrics, but done in such a straightforward, amiable manner that you don’t get the feeling that he’s running around town in Hot Topic shirts and heavy eyeliner; the fact that he’s out there, finding his own audience and sharing his talents with the world sans a music label or any kind of record deal. I know people do it every day (Kate Walsh, anyone?), but it’s still exciting and new to me.
I kind of wish this kid luck, that he’d get signed to a fantastic contract and put out a beautiful record and be the next Conor Oberst. But I also kind of don’t. I love what he’s doing right now and I think that in 25 years, when he looks back from whatever path he’s taken, he’ll see that right now was the best time of his life and these little pieces were most honest and true things he’s ever done.
But good luck, nonetheless, kid.