September 02, 2012

Conner Youngblood - Sketches Pt. 2

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Conner Youngblood first appeared on my radar earlier this year with his single "Gold." His soothing, genre-bending style got me awfully curious to find out more about the Texan's history. Unfortunately, the Yale student remains quite private, not revealing much information online. The one thing I do know, however, is that he recently released his second album, Sketches Pt. 2. The collection of eight tracks continues where his last Sketches left off. Combining reverby vocals with acoustic guitar, spastic audio manipulation, and occasional dubstep influence, Youngblood has created something captivating. The song that really takes the cake here (besides "Gold") is "Proportions." Sparse, slightly off-time guitar plucks and finger snapping surround the beautifully sung line, "Proportionally, I've always been, and will always be the same." He even turns a cover of "I Gotta Feeling" into a quiet shoegaze anthem. Hell, every song is great. While his voice may sound awfully lonely, his fan base is growing consistently and I could see the guy gaining a pretty serious following. Hop on the bandwagon!

You can download the entire album here


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