Month: January, 2015

Daniel Wilson “Heartbreaker”

Instant classic. I should really just leave it at that…

Twenty-three-year-old Detroit native Wilson has one of those voices that comes around once a generation. With a gospel music upbringing and jaw-dropping range, Wilson will quickly become a household favorite. This fantastically catchy tune captured me. There is a Stevie Wonder sensibility to “Heartbreaker”, though that’s not as apparent in the other songs off of his recently released EP Boy Who Cried Thunder. So far, in the early stages of my SXSW listening binge, Daniel Wilson takes the cake!

Júníus Meyvant “Color Decay”

Icelandic-born Júníus Meyvant’s resplendent tune, “Color Decay”, offers a rich and textural palette of sounds. I love how the strings accent and add warmth to the beginning of the track. The horns come in and brighten it up, while his wise, raspy vocals deliver an Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) kind of friendliness. Currently, this is his only song available, though word is that he is finishing up a debut album this year.

Polyenso “Moona Festival”

Wow, this song is movingly beautiful. From the absolutely stunning, patient piano intro to the striking yet delicate Thom Yorke-esque vocals woven throughout, I can’t decide what I love the most. This trio from St. Petersburg, FL released their full length debut in 2013. “Moona Festival” is their latest single, which hopefully precedes yet another LP filled with similarly delicious songs.