Exceptional 2017 Genre-Defying Artists

You’ve probably never heard anything like these artists. Give them a like and share if you found something new here that you like.

Cale Hawkins – “Don’t Let My Ink Fade”
-Quick spoiler: you’ll be seeing Cale Hawkins’ name again next week on my top songs of 2017 list, so when I saw another submission from him I was excited. The style is a bit more soulful, a bit more modern and pop than his other work. But honestly this is a different kind of good. It’s cinematic like his other work, but it’s clear that the talisman for Hawkins is the story of the song, more than any sort of genre convention. His writing is superb and this track is an audio adventure well worth your time.

Liam Paton – “Walking Toward the Fireworks”
-This electro based song has a stunning orchestral part to it, making for a genre mashup unlike anything we’ve heard before. It’s a wonderful overall sound that brings great joy to our ears. The vocals have a staid lament quality to them. It’s the kind of song that is full and satisfying, but you almost can’t sing along. You just feel the big swelling sound like you’re standing in the middle of the drama. The movie is your life and this is your soundtrack.

The Howlin’ – “Demon Child”
-At first listen, you might think this band is pure blues rock. But as you listen more, you’ll hear all sorts of genre influences. First of all, notice the way the keys work on this track. This is not your granddaddy’s blues. Secondly, listen to how those vocals thread together. If Led Zeppelin was making music today, this is what they could sound like. It’s a fantastically mind bending experience to take in the music of The Howlin.

August Rosenbaum – “Credo Pt II”
-When I first listened to the song I thought it was going to be a sweet, gentle neoclassical tune. But then the vocal started… and my heart melted onto the floor. Chills. Chills every time. It’s soul and it’s so unconscionably beautiful I struggle to describe my appreciation for this piece of music. This mashup of brilliant neoclassical piano work and outstanding female soul vocals makes for a kind of high art we rarely hear.

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