FAULT Weekly Playlist: RYDER

Rising LA based R&B pop artist RYDER feels like a kindred spirit, a girl who you just met but you know immediately that you need to be best friends. Writing deeply relatable lyrics and coming from NYU’s music program that has shone a light on talents such as Gallant and Maggie Rogers, it seems RYDER is primed for success.

Her thumping single “King” showcases her vocal range that has a smoke-y quality akin to Amy Winehouse, but with a heavier pop bent. It’s a celebratory song about how love can be this power another human has that reigns over you.

We asked RYDER to share some of her current favorite songs, including the absolute monster hit “Somebody Else” by The 1975. Stream on!

My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the Black Parade

One of my favorite songs of all time. The video and the song are just perfect! It has this epic & emotional beginning production and writing wise, it follow’s no structure and becomes an almost different song midway through, every second is just mind-blowing. It just keeps building and is so well thought out from start to finish. It feeds the emotional teenager in me.

Florence + the Machine – Shake It Out

When I read Florence Welch’s lyrics I feel as if I’m reading poetry, her use of language truly knows no bounds. Shake it out acknowledges darkness and regrets and yet is inspiring and uplifting, it has a little bit of everything. Her voice is just stunning; this record continues to be a constant inspiration and influence for me throughout my writing process. I saw Florence Welch perform live at Coachella a few years ago at the show where she famously broke her foot and it was by far one of the most incredible performances I’ve ever seen on a stage. She really brings everyone into the world she’s created.

The 1975 – Somebody Else

This song was my introduction to The 1975 and yes I know I was late to the party, but now I’m hooked! I remember a friend said to me “You have to listen to this band, you will be obsessed with their music” she played me “Somebody Else”, I ended up listening to it on repeat for the next few weeks and still put it on all the time. Everyone can relate to Truman Black’s narrative in some form and it puts me in this amazing nostalgic mental space. The concept and production is so simple and it doesn’t need anything else to be epic. That’s something I always try to remind myself that when simple feels good, it can be the best way to convey a song.

Greg Holden – Boys In The Street (Seeb Remix)

I don’t think I can even get through this song without crying, it’s pretty new I just recently discovered it but it has truly touched me. It’s a story about a man whose father wouldn’t accept him for simply being himself and being different until he is finally on his death bed and see’s that perhaps he really didn’t know best from the start and that in love there is no right or wrong. This song tells a real story with layers from start to finish in the way that old time records or country songs do. The remix Seeb did really compliments the melody; it’s an amazing collab.

MIA – Paper Planes

First off, the music production and the use of that guitar sample by Diplo is incredible, he is a definitely a dream collaborator of mine. M.I.A. is this fierce female who uses her commanding voice to tell stories about real world issues and isn’t afraid to get honest, she is another inspiration to me. I remember becoming obsessed with this record back in high school and I think its one of those songs that always stays relevant no matter how much time passes.

Amy Winehouse – Valerie

I mean where do I even start, Amy winehouse was such a legend it breaks my heart that she is no longer with us. Her music touched people. Her honesty and pain laced with a whole lot of sauce came through her lyrics and is what made her so unique. Also for the time the production and jazz infused soul was a genre she reignited in the popular music space. Amy tells her story combined with a voice that just has so much power and depth. I love all her music it’s quite hard to pick, so I chose my two favorites. Mark Ronson who produced these records to me is just mindblowingly talented, I’ve been lucky enough to meet him in passing a few times. He is another dream collaborator of mine. I always put on Amy’s music when I’m at home relaxing or just having me time, I truly enjoy all of rich texture and lush instrumentation.

Santigold – Chasing Shadows

I’m a big Santigold fan she’s such a creative soul, her wild melodies and bold left-winged production are pure ear candy. The low vocal tone she has in the verse is so rich and her highs have so much character. I love listening to her, her music feels like real art.

Fun. – We Are Young

I’m such a sucker for epic melodies and acoustic leaning production, Fun. and Jeff Bhasker are brilliant on this tune.

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

First off, the whole “body talk” album is unreal I’ve probably listened to every song a million times easily, voice, lyric, production, melodies it’s all just so on point and delicious! You can’t hear that intro and not want to dance, such an empowering tune, a true girl anthem!

Purity Ring – Fineshrine

One of my favorite productions on a song ever! The intro in this too is brilliant.

Son Lux – Flickers

Ryan Lott of Son Lux is one of my absolute favorite artists, his voice is hauntingly beautiful and his music is stunning. He started as a film composer and so you have this dreamy fantasy production with operatic sounds. He also uses instruments like oboes and uncommon sounds to create these amazing musical cascades.

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Vagabond Australian songwriter Emerson Leif chases happiness in his new single “Hesitate”

Australian upstart Emerson Leif has blessed us with an arrestingly beautiful new single “Hesitate” featuring fellow Aussie creative Golden Vessel. Like all great things in life, “Hesitate” started as a flicker of an idea before manifesting into a full-fledged concept, entrenched in the universal feeling that comes with chasing fleeting happiness.

We had the opportunity to chat with Emerson about the deeper meaning behind “Hesitate,” his collaborative process with Golden Vessel, and much more.

FAULT: You (Emerson Leif) and Golden Vessel have been friends for a long time and this isn’t your first collaboration either. How has your relationship changed since you first started making music together and how has your process evolved?

Emerson Leif: Max and I met because of music but quickly discovered that we both had the same over the top sense of humour and have been buds ever since. Working on something with a friend is always going to feel more natural. It’s nice to have someone you trust to bounce ideas off. I remember when we first spent time working on music together I really liked Max’s confidence and excitement over new ideas. Max hasn’t changed much since then except he wears turtle neck turtlenecks now.

FAULT: I think we’re all struggling to fill a void and music a lot of times can be that great escape. What is the primary message you hope listeners take away from your music?

Emerson: You can feel it when a song actually means something. I do not think that music is ‘the answer’ but I do believe it is universal, and can serve as a catalyst for more open minded conversation regarding ‘greater truth’ in respect to the human condition. I wrote ‘hesitate’ at I time when I had many questions and it marked the beginning of a life changing journey for me.

FAULT: We’re sad we can’t be there for your tour, but tell us more about what to expect from your live show.

Emerson: Well my live show is me and my friend Connor (who also makes music as Akurei), we both sing and play keys, and I’ve got these midi cubes which light up when I hit them. We also run projections that sync with what we’re doing, which are cut mainly from 90’s Asian cult films.

FAULT: What’s your favourite thing about touring?

Emerson: I think if you didn’t answer the show itself, you’d be lying haha. The hours of travelling and just waiting around for each show is not so much, fun but then the show itself makes it all worthwhile for sure.

FAULT: Finally, what is your FAULT?

Emerson: Those dishes in the sink.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Eric Sharp

Eric Sharp is a mustached man and producer from Los Angeles. Inspired by the blissful disco pop sounds of RUFUS and Flight Facilities, Eric’s latest single “Too Much” is a pulsating dance floor filler. The track is a stacked collaboration, featuring talents from French Horn Rebellion and Drew Kramer. Written about the first feelings of falling in love, “Too Much” is a song you’ll find yourself deeply infatuated with.

We asked Eric to put together some of his current favorite dance tunes, including cuts from Justin Jay and The Chemical Brothers. Tune in below!

Justin Jay ft. Josh Taylor – Ease Up
After riding the quirky tech house wave with a string of Dirtybird releases, Justin Jay decided to follow his heart and pivot, forming a live band for the new songs he was writing. In the often overwhelming times we live in, this song is a reminder to be kind to ourselves. Message matters.

Motez ft Antony & Cleopatra – The Future (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Absolutely love what Purple Disco Machine is doing, and this remix checks all the boxes for me. Pensive, emotive, and beautiful take on Motez’s cut that hits me right in the feels. I can dance, cry, or both to this.

The Chemical Bros ft. Beck – Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix)
This got nominated for a grammy last year and I really wish it had won. Goddard’s incredible synth work takes you on a meandering voyage, subtly adding layer after layer in a slow-burning crescendo with Beck’s vocals interweaved throughout.

Riton ft. MNEK & House Gospel Choir – Deeper
MNEK hit my radar on Duke Dumont’s breakout song “Need U (100%.)” I’m a bit of a sucker for 90’s house themed tunes, and this new collab with Riton respectfully nods to house music’s gospel roots by literally pairing MNEK’s soulful tones with a choir.

Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola
Every so often an underground tune is just catchy enough to cross over and all I can do is tip my hat. Cola features a nonchalant vocal riding atop a dark, minimal soundscape that would be just at home in a Berlin afterhours as it would on a fashion runway.

Kölsch – Grey
I recently had the privilege of attending Pete Tong’s live show at the Hollywood Bowl where he had a 64 piece orchestra performing with him. They did a live rendition of Grey and it was mindblowing. The horns in this instrumental offering get me every time.

Klangstof – Hostage (Sasha Remix)
I did a house remix of this awesome song for the label and they turned it down. My ego was bruised. Then I heard this immaculate version by a legend and I didn’t feel so bad.

Moon Boots – Red Sky
Moon Boots is a wizard on the keyboards. His original work ranges from deep introspective tunes to funky groovers, with this hitting the former end of the spectfum. Red Sky is probably my favorite tune on his debut ‘First Landing’ album, showing off his signature sophisticated interweaving of melodies and harmonies.

Jamie XX ft Romy – Loud Places
I was so bummed to see Jamie XX part ways with the band, and this collab with Romy (the lead singer) helped quench my thirst for more collaboration. The song is a poignant look at people’s differences in their approach to the world, presumably during or after a breakup.

Moby – Into The Blue
Moby is handily one of my strongest musical influences. This song is from Everything Is Wrong, the album that turned me onto him. It’s staggering to me how much brilliant work he’s been putting out for decades.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Cape Cub

We love Cape Cub and over 18 million Spotify streams, we’re positive we’re not the only ones. His brand of indie pop runs deep with listeners, rooted in its storytelling around the warmth and vitality of human relationships.

His latest single “Searchlight” showcases his natural flair for uplifting and rousing melodies, this time with a more contemplative and autumnal vibe. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Cape Cub in 2018, but before then we asked him to put together a playlist of what he’s currently got on heavy rotation.

Billy Bragg – A New England

I remember hearing this song when I was about 14. It was music to my ears, literally. It had a sense of escapism. Just one bloke and a guitar, no pretence about it and he sounded like a dreamer. I didn’t have a clue at that age who Billy Bragg was or the significance of this song, but it just stood out to me as a beautiful song with a beautiful message.

The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979

This is one of them that doesn’t hang about, it just jumps at you immediately and takes you with it. I love how they used electronic drums but in a super organic way. It never sounds contrived and is one of the more poppy tunes The Smashing Pumpkins put out, but it’s obvious why it’s such a huge song in how it just speaks to you.

Maggie Rogers – Dog Years

Maggie Rogers is one of them artists who just has an identity of their own. She kind of exists in her own sphere and I really respect that. Her songs don’t quite tread on the same stones but jump from place to place and it just makes her a super exciting artist to listen to. I’m looking forward to what comes next.

Bon Iver – 8 (circle)

It’s a current one, and not one of the obvious Bon Iver ‘classics’, but oh my days this song is just KILLED me the first time I heard it. I can’t really go too much into describing this song as it speaks for itself. As a band we went to watch Bon Iver at the Edinburgh playhouse and they were amazing. Their live set has hugely, hugely influenced what we intend to do with ours. It’s about pushing the boundaries that people set for you and if you aren’t going to do that then what’s the point?

Joji – Will He

Jack our lead guitarist put me onto this guy, who’s making pretty cool, odd RnB. He’s an incredibly talented vocalist and producer with an ear for atmosphere. I’m not really much up to YouTube personalities, but he’s apparently a huge YouTube person with his alter-ego and did the Harlem Shake, hilariously. Anyway I digress, check this tune out it’s boss and he’s doing cool things.

The Cure – Letters to Elise

There’s a darkness with the cure that is haunting yet achingly romantic. They do the happy-sad thing better than anyone and are probably one of, if not THE, biggest influences on my songwriting. Robert Smith is a dude.

Wolf Alice – Space and Time

Their new album is phenomenal and I’m still not sick of listening to it. They’re hands down the most exciting UK rock band for some time. I love them and everything they represent. Not since I was a kid have a band got me this pumped. This song is what I can imagine if Stevie Nicks went punk rock and collaborated with the Ramones. Just makes me want to go crazy in a venue somewhere.

Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

Sometimes you’ve got to purchase a one-way ticket to vibe central and Led Zeppelin are the band to do that for you. I’ve been listening to them a lot recently – I grew up listening to them thanks to my Dad – and fuck me they’re just pure, straight from the soul rock and roll. Every single one of them is (and were) so god damn talented and dedicated. This is one of my favourites and gives me the chills every time.

Death Cab for Cutie – Different Names for the Same Thing

Death Cab are one of my all-time favourite bands and Ben Gibbard is one of my biggest influences as a songwriter. I couldn’t pick a favourite song so I just grabbed this one out of Plans. Each of their albums offers something different and again, like Maggie Rogers, they’re a band that exist within their own sphere and no one elses. They channel that independent spirit of Seattle in the north west corner of the USA, something which I totally get and relate to being from the north east of England. You kind of have to make your own way and do what’s true to you. I think that’s what this band represent to me.

Joni Mitchell – River

Finishing with this one. Joni Mitchell has a sense of spirit that as an artist you can only ever dream of having. I think every artist can take something from her songwriting. It’s approaching Christmas so I’ve chosen this song, in which she speaks of regret and sadness and everything in between. This song is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard and just breaks me every. single. time.

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Dive into the cooling waters of Australian singer/songwriter Benji Lewis

After the triumphant success of his “Home For Now EP”, Melbourne singer-songwriter Benji Lewis took a little trip to California to visit his sister and soak up the sun. Teaming up with Los Angeles based artist TRACE, Benji returns with the effortless new single ‘Never Mine’.

The track came at a time where Benji needed to unload pent up thoughts and emotions from a broken down relationship. It was messy and it wasn’t easy, but soaking up the sea breeze in Venice Beach saw a new bond develop between Benji, TRACE and producer Mike Derenzo.

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: A Story Told

A Story Told, comprised of vocalist Alex Chaney, guitarists Josh Allen and Jason Lieser, bassist Zach Holley, and drummer Casey Hardman, are an emotionally forward and irresistibly catchy five-piece outfit that are pioneering their way through the West Virginia scene. Trailblazing their way through the Appalachians, A Story Told, kicked off their career with their full-length debut album, Keep Watch in 2016. The 10-track effort struts along the intersection of pop and rock with songs like “All of You” and “Cold Blooded” showcasing their enthralling rock melodies, while “Weather” spotlighted their pop disposition.

After the recent release of their second album “Good Looks,” we asked to guys to put together a list of their current favorite tracks. Stream them below in a new exclusive playlist for FAULT.

Taylor Swift – …Ready For It?
“We’re all huge fans of Taylor’s work. Reinventing herself with every release, we had no idea what to expect in terms of new music after the insanely successful 1989. However, from the very first listen, this immediately became one of our favorite tracks she has ever written.”

Julia Michaels – Worst In Me
“This song kind of came out of nowhere for us. We had heard the single Issues and obviously many of the songs she has written for other artist such as Sorry by Justin Bieber, which led us to checking out her latest album. The emotion in the track immediately had us hooked.”

Lorde – Green Light
“We were so stoked on this release. Pop music can seem manufactured sometimes and Lorde as an artist I don’t feel falls in this category. Jack Antonoff produced this record and we totally geeked out over that fact in anticipation for this song/album with his impressive resume of artists he’s worked with that we love (Taylor Swift, fun, etc.)”

Paramore – Fake Happy
“We’re all life long die hard Paramore fans. We wouldn’t be who we are without them to be quite honest lol. Easily one of the most anticipated records of the year for all of us. It has an honest message that isn’t trying to be something it’s not. ‘Fake Happy’ sums up the album for us. A message that had influence in our latest record.”

COIN – I Don’t Wanna Dance
“We’ve been huge fans of COIN for quite some time now. We have mutual friends with them and couple of the guys grew up only 30 minutes away from us in Huntington, WV. Their sound is just so fresh right now. A perfect mix of rock & roll and synth pop. I Don’t Wanna Dance is a go-to track off their latest record.”

Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
“‘Castle on the Hill’ I think speaks to the heart of every human being. It’s a feel good track that reminisces on ‘home’; whatever that may mean to you. It identifies to specific times, scenarios, people. Something we can all relate to. So it’s easily a song that sticks with you and has with us throughout the entire year.”

Here Again – A Will Away
“Easily one of the best songs I’ve ever heard lol. We heard about these guys through mutual friends in the Columbus, OH scene. They released this song as their first single with a video and I immediately sent it to the guys. It hits you the same way Castle on the Hill does.”

Symmetry – 7 Minutes In Heaven
“You could say we’re biased just coming off of a tour with these guys. But seriously, this anthem that is Symmetry packs so many emotions. I think that’s what we love about it. It’s been stuck in our heads for months.”

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Ella Vos

Ella Vos is one of those artists whose true captivation comes from her live performances. Though petite in stature, Ella has a unique ability to command attention with her cool confidence. As well as being a rising artist, Ella is also a new mother, proving that indeed, you can have it all.

After the runaway success of her singles “White Noise” and “Little Brother,” Ella recently released her debut full-length album, written in the wake of her son’s birth and was inspired by the challenges she faced as both a new mother and artist. With more than 90 million streams on Spotify to date, Ella is well on her way to becoming a household name.

We asked Ella to put together some of her all-time favorite tracks for a FAULT Magazine exclusive playlist. Check out her selections below!

Leslie Gore – You Don’t Own Me
“My friend Garrett Borns turned me onto this song. I remember him showing it to me and saying, “Isn’t it crazy that this came out in the 60’s?” I agreed, it’s crazy because it was such a strong statement then, and it still is now. It hasn’t lost any weight or meaning. It’s really empowering.”

Dolly Parton – Jolene
“This is by far my favorite Dolly song. After I heard the story about this song—which was basically how she’d joke with her husband that she was worried he might leave her for their tall, slender, red-headed banker—it made a new impression on me. I guess it really stuck with me how it is such an honest and simple story, but at the same time so heavy. It made me think about how I write music; how it can be about a single feeling or moment, but also about everything.”

The Beatles – For No One
“The entire Beatles catalog was released on Spotify when my son was a few months old, and it was all I listened to those day when most of my time was spent with him and I was writing some of my first tracks. The Beatles have always inspired me, regardless of where I’ve been in life, but especially during my Postpartum Depression as it offered me some sort of an escape. The melody on “For No One” is one of those songs that is constantly popping into my head.”

David Bowie – Quicksand
“Throughout writing this album we lost several great musicians. It was really strange for me, as a new artist, to be releasing music in a time when all of my musical heroes were leaving this earth. I reflected a lot on what their music meant to me, and what I would do with that meaning. I always ask myself—am I adding something of importance or change to the world, or is what I’m doing going to have a positive impact? Will anyone care? I was listening to this song quite a bit, strangely enough just before he passed away, while I myself was struggling with depression and the meaning of life. ‘Knowledge comes with death’s release.'”

Big Thief – Paul
“My producer showed me this song at the beginning of the year, and I quickly fell in love. I’ve probably listened to her more than any other artist during the process of writing this album, and she’s one of my favorite new artists. Rarely do lyrics stand out to me the way hers do, in a way that makes me want to actually read them over and over and over.”

Lana Del Rey – God Knows I Tried
“The first time I heard this song I literally said, “FUCK THAT’S A PERFECT SONG, I wish I had written it.” Lana Del Rey is one of the only new(er) artists that has really inspired me and shown me that there is still room in the world to say and do something new. I’m a huge fan.”

Alice Boman – Waiting
“This song came up several times as a reference while recording “Words I Never Said” because we loved the piano sound so much. And it’s just a gorgeous song. Additionally, I was watching the show “Transparent” while writing a lot of my songs. “Waiting” appears several times in the episode when the Pfefferman’s go to the “Wimmins Music Festival.” This episode really made an impact on me because it so hilariously embodies everything that turns me off about exclusivity in “female empowerment,” and that was just really cool to see in a television show.”

James Brown – It’s a Man’s World
“This song, and the story about this song, was a source of inspiration when I was thinking about what it meant to me to be an independent female artist in a male-dominated industry. The song is about how man has achieved everything, but he couldn’t do it without a woman—but the kicker is that James Brown didn’t write the lyrics; his girlfriend did, and he ‘forgot’ to pay her royalties.”

Beyonce – ***Flawless
“This was another “Oh shit” moment for me. I’ve always been a Queen Bey fan. As she’s taken her voice and platform to another level, she’s impacted me even more. It’s hard to choose one song, but the spoken word in this song hit me hard. It’s a sample of spoken word from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, basically asking the question “Why do we raise boys and girls differently?” To hear this in a pop song by Beyonce, made me realize that it’s going to be ok to say what you think. (Maybe not easy, but you’ll survive.) And if you don’t say it, then what’s the point.”

Pink Floyd – The Great Gig In The Sky
“I can’t leave this one out because, 1) it’s from my favorite album of all time and 2) I heavily referenced it on the bridge of “White Noise.” This album, more than any other album I’ve ever listened to, is one that I know I can listen to when I can’t explain or even comprehend what I’m feeling, and it understands me.”

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Alana Henderson

Former Hozier band member Alana Henderson draws from her classical background and Irish roots in her solo effort. A brilliant cellist and singer-songwriter, Alana channels vulnerability and beautiful, stripped down melodies as evident in her latest single “Let This Remain.” It’s an icy and unforgiving anti-ballad, fusing an electronic undercurrent to her darkly organic indie-folk sound.

We asked Alana to put together a playlist of tracks and artists who have influenced her solo material, including Joni Mitchell and Sia. Listen below!

Fever Ray- Keep The Streets Empty For Me

“This track has almost all of my favourite things; sweeping synth, melancholy vibe & spooky vocals. It gets better with each listen.”

Joni Mitchell- Cactus Tree

“I was reading a book of interviews with Joni Mitchell called ‘In Her Own Words’ at about the time I wrote ‘Let This Remain.’ I’d been touring for about 1.5 years. ‘While she’s so busy being free’ resonated.”

Sia- Fair Game

“Sia’s track about the ‘game-playing’ of a relationships is really smart. This minimalist string-laden track was my favourite on her ‘1000 forms of fear’ album.”

Arthur Russell- That’s Us/ Wild Combination

“Arthur Russell has been a huge influence on me. He was the first ‘cello-singing’ artist that I ever encountered. The distorted cello on the album ‘calling out context’ and his use of electronic elements is something I took inspiration from for ‘Let This Remain.'”

This Mortal Coil- Song To The Siren

“This Tim Buckley cover is a long-time favourite of mine. Its so mystical and evocative. It really draws you in. That little ornamentation on the line ‘waiting to hold you’ reminds me of old-style Irish ‘Sean-nós’, which I grew up singing. “

Esme Patterson- My Young Man

“Esme Patterson describes this as ‘the feminine aspects of herself writing a love song to the masculine aspects.’ There is definitely an element of that in ‘Let This Remain’… it’s the heart and the head having a conversation about the risks involved in loving someone.”

Ani Di Franco- Untouchable Face

“So much wonderful contradiction in this. I’ve loved this song since I was a teenager.”

Laurie Anderson-O Superman

“This track is still so unsettling, strange and brilliant. The fact it got to #2 in the charts is also heartening!”

Ane Brun-Do You Remember

‘Do you remember when we forgot how to smile at each other? To believe that the other wants only what’s good for you?’
“Maybe its a Scandi thing but there’s just something so gut wrenching in Ane Brun’s lyrics. The tribal beats belie the fact that the words are totally devastating.”

Fionn Regan- Dogwood Blossom

“Fionn Regan is an underrated and inventive Irish Singer-Songwriter. His lyrics are second-to-none. I had this on heavy rotation for a spell.”

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