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Evan Voytas

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Don’t let the name put you off – Evan Voytas isn’t the moniker of some earnest singer songwriter, but sounds more like a stuttering, nervous, cathartic girl choir over weird quasi-Jazz drumming. At least on the song ‘ASTRO’, anyway. Searing synths and self-consciously soaring vocals collide light-years above the complicated rhythms. The friendly, eerie feeling of his music may derive from social awkwardness or just his imagination but either way it sounds like the soundtrack to a cartoon of your life. Some of his songs reach a fruitier vein of abstract psychedelic bedroom dance that almost reminds of Scissor Sisters, with Voytas’ voice squealing high pitched in the appropriately titled ‘Getting Higher’. The more ’80s tinkly shoegaze of ‘I Run With You, Spirit Animal’ is softer like a gentle bike ride, where ‘I Have A Dream In My Heart’ takes the skewed kooky pop of Metronomy and slows it down and makes it more contemplative. The most recent, ‘Sad, Like Hearts Can Be’, has an ominous Joy Division-style intro and the vocals are more distant.

Voytas’ story is an interesting one, he moved from rural Pennsylvania to Harlem, where he, according to his bio, “immersed himself in various religious texts and new age paperbacks. He grew a beard, moved to the desert, moved back, shaved the beard, played lead guitar for a few pop acts, toured the world, moved to a farmhouse on a dirt road in Pennsylvania, started recording music, and finally ended up in Los Angeles.” He appears to still play with other bands, having played guitar with Flying Lotus in May.

You can definitely pick up the weird new age vibe in his songs, and his music is not for everyone. But it can put a whimsical skip in your step if you’re willing to try it, especially the playful ‘Give It Back’ where he laughs in the chorus. His EP, The Dynamic Sound of Evan Voytas, came out in May last year, and his album, Sad, Like Hearts Can Be, is due out soon.