Sounds Like: Glam with the natural sparkle of West Coast sunshine
For Fans of: T. Rex, Grouplove, psych-folk era Bowie
Why You Should Pay Attention: "Electric Love" from glam-pop newcomer Garrett Borns garnered the attention of no less authority than Taylor Swift, who called the single an "instant classic." He seemingly came out of nowhere with last fall's catchy, delightful Candy EP, but Borns actually came from L.A. — where he lived in a treehouse. "I'm the kind of person who needs a change of scenery once my thoughts start repeating themselves," says the Michigan-born singer. Though he's since relocated to a more traditional abode that he calls Mewtopia (named for the random cats that come through the building's garden), the seclusion of his nature-surrounded California home helped influence his dreamy and sweet debut.
He Says: "Did you know that Børns means children? It means children in Danish. [My music] will bring out your inner child. It will rebirth you as your inner child and your primal lover."
Hear for Yourself: On "10,000 Emerald Pools," Børns sings a glimmering track atop a grungy beat. Brittany Spanos