Jack Colwell. Upon the release of his first EP -- Only When Flooded Could I Let Go -- Rolling Stone praised this Aussie singer/songwriter as "passionate and unfettered." Colwell had this to say: "The EP is part coming-of-age and part dealing with my sexuality in a changing political and social landscape, learning how to navigate my way through that as a young person. They're introspective songs with a narrative, and I'd hope that some people might hear them and take comfort in the fact that they're not alone. I was a pretty manic person in the past, but I'm a lot more devil-may-care these days. "
Ezra Furman. He's Jewish, publicly identifies as queer and genderfluid, and quite good with raw, twisty lyrics and unexpected arrangements. He released his third solo album, Perpetual Motion People, in 2015. MOJO magazine had this to say: "A yowling, nervy, sickeningly eloquent blend of Jonathan Richman, Woody Allen and Armistead Maupin, Furman delivers high-speed drama full of bristling riffs and frazzled joie de vivre."
Will Young. He was the 2001 winner of Pop Idol, the British television music competition that spawned American Idol in the States. With heartthrob written all over him, Young released four number one UK albums and sold over 10 million records. And came out -- a public revelation that didn't derail his career. Instead, his aggressive overachiever personality led to an eventual breakdown in 2012. He re-emerged in 2015 with a new album , 85% Proof -- available as an import from Amazon -- that's a wonderfully expansive, eclectic recording that sweeps through musical genres and personal vulnerability.
|Will Young (photo: Tom van Schelven)|