Artist: Reuben Teskey
Track: Even Hitgirls Get the Blues
This issue’s Nouse-recommended artist takes the form of Irish singer-songwriter Reuben Teskey. His latest release finds him without the cello accompaniment of Patrick Dexter or the female harmonies of his earlier recordings and instead demonstrates a more stripped-down approach. The sparse arrangement and lo-fi home recording, featuring only Teskey’s vocals and his warm, double-tracked guitars, recall both Fionn Regan and early Bright Eyes. But Teskey’s evocative, intensely personal lyrics ensure that the song never comes across as derivative and his impassioned vocal delivery means that each listen provides a cathartic and intriguing aural treat.