Sounds Like: Low-end-heavy indie rock with disarmingly honest lyrics
For Fans of: Exile in Guyville-era Liz Phair, Alabama Shakes, Joni Mitchell
Why You Should Pay Attention: Trained on instruments ranging from fiddle to trombone, inspired by Elliott Smith and Bill Withers, this California-born singer-songwriter's first full-length, Emotions and Math (due June 16 on ATO) shows off an ability to create heady, openhearted rock. Her upcoming tourmates — moody synthpop band Lucius, folk pair the Milk Carton Kids and jazz-rock outfit Lake Street Dive — show the breadth of her appeal. Her upcoming Bonnaroo appearance will be a chance for her voice — which can sound both gnarled and feather-light — to charm a field of people.
She Says: "I produced this record. I started to demo all of the songs a while back; I had the demos on an iPad and was doing multi-tracking through GarageBand to get all my ideas down. By way of that — and I didn't quite know it yet — I started producing it. Lots of different ideas were coming through; ways to pan things, different sounds, different sections of things started to come to the surface. From there, my partner and I bought some recording equipment and I decided to record it more officially. That would be in my room, because I couldn't afford to go to the studio."
Hear for Yourself: The title track to Emotions and Math is strutting yet off-kilter, neatly capturing its lyrical themes of wide-eyed longing. Maura Johnston