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10 New Artists You Need to Know: November 2017

YBN Nahmir, Jaymes Young, Superorganism and more.

10 artists to watch november

Once a Tree and YBN Nahmir

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: Rising rapper YBN Nahmir, eight-member pop collective Superorganism, nostalgic house producer DJ Seinfeld and more.

10 artists to watch november once a tree

Hayden and Jayli Wolf

Once A Tree

Sounds Like: Soulful R&B duets over soothing electronic soundscapes

For Fans of: Phantogram, Crystal Castles, Chvrches

Why You Should Pay Attention: This Canadian duo’s career was given an extra push when they were discovered through Toronto non-profit the Remix Project. Jayli and Hayden Wolf grew up on opposite sides of British Columbia, but their lives were similar. Both were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses and didn’t cross paths until they were leaving the religion, meeting through mutual friends and later connecting while trying to launch their individual music careers. “Our whole childhood past was so similar that we bonded instantly,” Hayden recalls of their immediate connection. As they began collaborating, they realized that their romantic and musical spark was undeniable and decided to take their relationship and joint career seriously.

They Say: “We didn’t know we were going to die,” Jayli says of the research path that led to the name Once a Tree. Given the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Wolfs had to unlearn and re-learn different aspects of the way they saw life, energy and spirituality. “It was a really big shocker for us when we left the religion. We were looking into different avenues of religion, and [the phrase] Once a Tree came to represent freedom to us. It means the circle of life and how energy doesn’t die but instead transforms.”

Hear for Yourself: Summer single “Breakdown” captures the smooth, emotional electronica of the duo’s debut album, Phoenix. Brittany Spanos

10 artists to watch november Zuli

Kimberly Young Sun

Zuli

Sounds Like: The sweet spot of a Sixties-tinged summer hit

For Fans of: The Beach Boys, Rooney, Weezer

Why You Should Pay Attention: Long Island-based musician Ryan Camenzuli writes infectious, abrasive yet melodic indie-pop with a framework that is constructed with precise multi-part harmonies and surf rock guitars. His debut album On Human Freakout Mountain conveys the earnestness of someone going through and trying to document the coming-of-age experience. 

He Says: “I felt like I was always very reserved in being open about things and being myself in a lot of ways. I think once I broke that barrier, it started getting so much easier for me to open up and be truthful,” says Camenzuli. “Once that started happening, and I started writing more honestly, I let me be me. That’s when people started responding to the music I was working on.”

Hear For Yourself: Inspired by the relationship between his friend and their childhood dog, “Blaze” reflects on the build up of anxiety and heartbreak in a toxic relationship. Sarah Midkiff

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