You know when you hear a new song by a new artist and think, “Holy crap, this is damn good”? That’s how I felt when I heard “When You Start” by Hackney, London’s K H U S H I. I’ve been listening to his first four singles on near repeat for the past few days. When listening to these well crafted tunes, my ears hear tantalizing hints of early Modest Mouse blended with teasing tastes of The National and small bursts of Local Natives-esque songwriting. For example, the track “When You Start” is built around a bright, drifting melody and a crisp, shuffling rhythm. It builds gracefully into a ringing, widescreen expansiveness. Similarly, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine the melancholy and simmering “Magpie” as a cover of an unreleased b-side from Boxer or High Violet. Coming from someone who has a poster for The National hanging in his dining room, that’s a very, very good thing. Take a listen and let me know what you think.
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