Not too long ago, alt-pop artist Spencer Sutherland released his debut EP NONE of this has been about you. The release proves that he is an artist to keep your eye on.
The young artist channels influences from today’s pop icons such as Bruno Mars while throwing in notes of old school favorites like The Temptations and Prince.
“My work is like a snapshot in time,” he says in a press release. “The EP title, NONE of this has been about you, really encompasses all these vibes together. Essentially it’s about me going through this thing, and I can’t be together with someone during it…the classic ‘it’s not you it’s me thing.’ When you pair that old-school sentiment with the selfie generation, it’s a subtle reminder to look outside yourself for once.”
“Take the distinct sounds on the record,” he says in the release. “On one song we tried to mimic a snare from a 1957 Elvis song, on ‘Sweater’ I have a big Prince influence, ‘Wallpaper’ has a beat like a Foster the People song and a guitar squeal like a hair band. I love taking things that don’t belong and putting them in pop music. I describe my music as alternative soul/pop—I’m a pop artist, but left-of-center for sure.”
Released alongside the EP were music videos that highlighted Sutherlands aesthetic. Most recently, the release of “It May Sound Strange.” The videos nostalgic themes are emphasized with the VHS styled visuals.
Tomorrow, Sutherland hits The Shelter here in Detroit as part of The Freaking Out tour. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Sutherland is set to release another EP this fall, so follow him on Facebook to see what is in store.
Stream NONE of this has been about you here.