Bristol-based neo-folk acoustician George Ezra pricked up a few ears this year with a buzzed performance at Glastonbury, leading BBC DJ and critical gatekeeper Zane Lowe to spin "Budapest" on the UK airwaves and bestow on the rather large-voiced 19-year-old the title of Next Hype (which we're guessing is a good thing). Not much can be found about young Ezra on the ol' interwebs, but based on "Budapest" and a few live things on YouTube we're thinking that Lowe's award just might be pretty much on target.
The shuffle-like “Budapest” has a peppy tempo with minimal instrumentation, allowing Ezra’s head-turning voice and the playful nature of the song to rise to the top. Ezra, who was praised by the Beeb for his "raw, delicious tone," released a debut 4-song EP, Did You Hear The Rain, in the UK in November. Look for a full Columbia roll out in 2014 -- for now, get the early stateside jump and revel in Ezra's "Budapest" with a free download available at his website.
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George Ezra - "Budapest"