RADAR: Sam Brookes

Citing John Steinbeck right next to the likes of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell on his short list of influences is just one thing that distinguishes the fine Brit new-folk troubadour Sam Brookes. And you don't have to wade far into the ether of "Numb," the lead track from his forthcoming sophomore album Kairos (ancient Greek for an opportune moment) to realize that Brookes is crafting songs that come from a pretty deep and mystical place. Let's just say he probably won't be leading a rousing sing-a-long down at the local pub any time soon. Trained as an artisan gilder, the 26-year-old Londoner says, "I approach my music with the same ethic I held whilst gilding - working hard to create something beautiful." No doubt. Still being fan-financed via his Pledge Music site, Kairos should be arriving February 3 March 17 (UK). Click through to stream a stripped version of "Frequency" and catch the artful and perfectly moody video for "Numb."

Sam Brookes - "Numb" (from Kairos)

Sam Brookes - "Frequency" (from the Folk Radio UK Sessions)