Introducing: Ezra Vine

The problem with really great songs is that eventually, they get derided by sections of the public for becoming ubiquitous and inescapable. A victim of their own pop nous, the sheen is perceived to have been removed; worn down by constant radio rotation and drunken festival singalongs. This is rarely the artist’s fault, of course, their only crime being the composing of some lyrics and music that connect with people en masse. In any case, they’re probably not complaining.

This context is important though when talking about Antipodean (Auckland/Sydney based) newcomer Ezra Vine. With his track “Celeste” (the only one available online currently), there’s a feeling that he has the potential to join the illustrious ranks of artists who reap the consequences of having written a breakthrough song.

Taking the best parts of bands like The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and Of Monsters And Men, Vine has created something that comes across like Empire Of The Sun or Vance Joy at their potent best. A heady mix, of course, and the track itself buzzes along with a rich enthusiasm and vibrancy, aided by some rigid, floor-tom heavy percussion, hand-claps and some memorable harmonies. It screams summer and everything one associates with this golden season, and clocking in at just over three-and-a-half minutes, its journey to tastemaker radio playlists everywhere seems preordained.

Vine is currently in the UK, primed to play a series of festivals, including Live At Leeds tomorrow (19:00 at The Wardrobe) at The Great Escape in Brighton next Friday 9th (15:15 at The Spiegel Tent and 20:30 at The Festival Hub Stage). If you’re at either gathering, head on down to witness the early stages of someone we’re highly likely to be hearing plenty more of over the next year or so.



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