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10 New Artists You Need to Know: June 2015

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Shaina Hedlund; Quentin Felder

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: The man behind the song that makes Beyoncé "so happy," the band you keep hearing on that Jeep commercial, Ariana Grande's favorite songwriter, some West African future shock and more. 

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Daniel Bachman

Sounds Like: Artfully crafted solo acoustic guitar with storytelling capabilities than belie the lack of lyrics

For Fans of: Jack Rose, William Tyler, John Fahey 

Why You Should Pay Attention: Guitar savant Daniel Bachman's seventh album, River, is a rippling suite of the tradition-spanning solo picking he's honed since his teens. Inspired by the Rappahannock River in his native state of Virginia, it was recorded and mixed last year by Brian Haran (Vetiver, Hiss Golden Messenger, Megafaun) at Pinebox Recording in Bachman's current home of Durham, North Carolina. "We did everything first take, pretty much," he says in a warm, southern accent. "I was fresh off the road, so all that stuff was tight anyway." Alongside his intricate, meditative combination of folk, psychedelia and blues are re-toolings of "Levee" by his hero Jack Rose and William Moore's nearly 90-year-old "Old Country Rock." The first proper studio experience for the frequent collaborator of Ryley Walker sounds like the satisfying results of 10 years of exhaustive practicing and year-round touring for half a decade. To replenish his powers for tension and release, Bachman has disappeared into the wild landscape that informs his work. For most of the summer, he plans to stay off the grid working with the Virginia State Park Youth Conservation Corps Program. He'll spend his days without cell service — but not without an instrument. "I'm hoping when I come back I'm gonna be charged up to work on new stuff, you know what I mean?" he says

He Says: "I own three [guitars] currently. I got a mid-Eighties Guild, an early Seventies Martin and a no-name lap guitar I bought in Nashville a couple years ago. I play electric every once in a while for fun. I'm not a total gearhead. I have what I have, and they serve their purpose. I've totally honed it in at this point — even down to the fingerpicks I use. It's like finding that perfect pair of shoes and then you keep buying them forever. . . . I've got a setup in my house where I can sit down with a mic and run it into the computer, but when I do that by myself I get really frustrated. I'll hate it. I'm not an aggressive person, but I'll get super aggressive, throw my guitar and scream and stuff. [Working in a studio], you can't act like a baby around other people. So you kinda gotta just go in and knock it out. Having someone else push the button, that's the biggest difference."

Hear for Yourself: The 14-minute "Won't You Cross Over to That Other Shore" provides plenty of drama through dynamic shifts, willful speed and the right alternate tuning. Reed Fischer