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10 New Artists You Need to Know: April 2014

Meet the rising stars of rock, hip-hop, EDM, country and more acts shaping your tomorrow

Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: Sam Smith's genre-smashing croon, the Strypes' no-nonsense rock, Samsaya's pan-continental pop, Sohn's hiccupping beats and more.

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William Tyler

Sounds Like: Masterful fingerpicking that's equal parts American primitivism and German motorik

For Fans of: John Fahey, Neu!, Six Organs of Admittance

Why You Should Pay Attention: Tyler's already a 15-year Nashville veteran whose plucked with everyone from Lambchop to Charlie Louvin. He's honed his shimmering, minimalist, wistful picking over two acclaimed solo records, but his upcoming EP Lost Colony, might be his most talked about yet. Recording his arrangements with a full band for the first time (including JEFF the Brotherhood drummer Jamin Orral), Tyler finds common ground between the churn of contemporary country blues and the driving rhythms of krautrock.

He Says: It's a constant challenge [playing quiet music]. If you're playing a bar… You might have 15 people with you, you might have 15 people against you. You're just gonna have to play to the people that are listening. I've seen shows where guys like Richard Buckner and Jack Rose yell at the crowd. That's not my personality – and I'm probably not intimidating enough physically for that to work.

I've been in bands with 10 people, I've been in bands with two or three people, but I basically enjoy doing it solo. It doesn't feel like touring. Right now I'm driving through a national park. I stopped in Roswell today and went to the alien museum gift shop or whatever. When you're in a band with five other dudes, really other than peeing or eating fast food, you don't tend to stop and do interesting things… To be honest, man, I'm 34 and I can't imagine trying to keep a band together.

Hear for Yourself: The A-side of Lost Colony, "Whole New Dude," ambles through 5/4 rhythms, steel guitar whines, Can-style beats, and one sunshine-y guitar solo within 13 gorgeous minutes. By Christopher R. Weingarten

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