Artist to Watch: Letts

For the past few years, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes have become something like a household name – if your household is into indie folk, that is. The Los Angeles based group has released three studio albums, one EP, and several singles, all of which have garnered positive acclaim – but this week saw the release of something a little bit different. Christian Letts, who provides guitar, vocals, and mandolin for the group, has constructed a delightfully thoughtful solo album, called Hold Fast. Produced by Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, Hold Fast takes the listener on a journey filled with smart chord progressions, evocative lyrics, and pure, striking, and sometimes Bob Dylan-esque vocals. Here’s hoping Letts decides to continue his solo career – his debut album is a real work of art.

For a sample of Letts’s sound, give standout tracks “Charles de Gaulle” and “Emeralds” a listen.


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Taylor is a junior in the College, double majoring in Theatre and Performance Studies and Philosophy, and minoring in Chinese. She is very charming and has a razor-sharp wit and a dazzling smile. Also, she has impeccable taste in music. To experience the aforementioned awesomeness firsthand, tune into Offbeat Odyssey at 9am on Wednesdays.

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