Self-taught and self-released (someone please call dibs), this Colorado kid rocks smooth vocals over tight genre-fluid compositions. The Coyote, his fourth release, gathers thick orchestral harmonies, sparse folk, and electronic bit samples into a just-crazy-enough-to-work, mind-blowing trip (or mind-soothing, depending on the track). The variety within the songs is so intense, it leaves you half-dazed wondering whether you’re still listening to the same artist, let alone the same song.
And did I mention that Cooley’s dream was to make music for video games? Yep, Mesita wins in my book.
Stream the whole album below (or skip to my faves, listen back to back “The Coyotes” and “Everything is Burning” for different tastes).
This review was written by collaborator Victoria Montalvo, an undergraduate studying film at the University of Texas at Austin and currently studying abroad in Hong Kong.