– featured image courtesy of the artist –
the st. paul-based musician con davison has spent time playing in various twin cities bands, most recently bad bad hats and dreamspook, the latter of which turned in one of our favorite albums of 2017. after years in a supporting role, davison has struck out on a solo venture under his own name, and the project’s debut single proves fruitful and intriguing.
“somebody else” is anchored around an ambling, ascending piano progression, with swift descending interjections occasionally jarring its progress. the presence of davison’s lead vocal is immediate, a warm tenor that’s as effective dry in observations as it is doused in delay and reverb during more ruminative passages. “somebody else” really comes into its own when the track’s main motif is introduced, a woozy melody that winds its way around vocals and worms its way into ears.
groove-laden and impeccably arranged, “somebody else” is a resounding opening statement that hopefully presages a larger body of work to come. take a listen below.