Raury: Artist You Should Know

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Barely 18 years old and having already been the subject of a recent New York Times profile and hand-picked as the opener for Outkast‘s big homecoming show in Atlanta this month, the buzz surrounding Raury throughout the summer has reached a deafening roar. (Editor’s Note: He’s featured on a track by SBTRKT released today)

The release of Raury‘s debut album, “Indigo Child, seems to mostly justify the hype.

The self-produced/self-released album’s 9 songs (plus 4 tracks of Raury getting verbally reamed by his mother) showcase a young artist with a wide range and an eclectic ear.

From folky soul (“Cigarette Song”) to meditative hip hop (“Woodcrest Manor”), to rock (“Chariots Of Fire”), Raury’s sound is defined less by genre pigeonholing than by the spirit and energy he brings to the tracks.

The standout track for me is “God’s Whisper“, a song that manages to feel intimate and epic at the same time.

With a guest spot on SBTRKT‘s hotly anticipated “Wonder Where We Land album and forthcoming tracks produced by Danger Mouse, the future is looking pretty bright for Raury.

Download “Indigo Child, Raury‘s debut release for free at his website and get to know him.