Did You Hear? Hard Times

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Who is this guy, what microphone is he using, and how can I steal his voice like Ursula in The Little Mermaid? This song makes me think about how much a first impression matters: On his 2012 album Sundark and Riverlight, I first heard him arranging and performing in this acoustic, organic style. If I had come across any other album first, I would have had a significantly different frame of reference. (Case in point, here is the same song done… differently. Yeah, I’ll bet you didn’t expect that.) Any time I hear a new band, my expectations and comparisons are forever based on the first thing I hear, which means it’s always a bit strange to go further back into earlier work, like coming in at Kid A and then skipping back to Pablo Honey, or first hearing Abbey Road followed by Help!

– Brook Reeder

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