Few lately have caught my attention and left me wanting more than North Carolinian Benji Hughes. OK, it doesn't hurt that he's got a new song called "Tight Tee Shirt" and he looks like Greg Allman if his diet consisted of items off latter-day Elvis's menu.
But, beyond that, music from his forthcoming double debut album, A Love Extreme (July 22'nd) is emotionally and musically complex: Think Beck meets Sir George Martin, if you had to put your descriptive finger on something.
The tunes are often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking. The sophisticated strings and samples will have audiophiles repeating tracks incessantly. But be on the listen for this artist- I think he will make a big splash this summer- and not just on a tight tee shirt.
Michael Phelps he ain't, but check out his swimming prowess in the video for "Girl in the Tower."
and hear more on tomorrow's New Music Sampler and read about it in Tuesday's 'b.'