This Is Our Jam: Sam Smith, Com Truise, & Linda Perhacs Returns

TIOJ_01Clockwise, Above From Left. Photo: Courtesy of Linda Perhacs (BMI); Com Truise; Sam Smith; Secretly Canadian.
We start things out this week with the debut of the buzzed-about U.K. soul singer Sam Smith. Then it's some synth wizardry from Com Truise and Joel Ford, the new video for Lorde's "Team," and the first new track from psych-folk artist Linda Perhacs in more than 40 years. We conclude with a new song from Philly rockers The War On Drugs, who channel Springsteen with "Red Eyes."
Sam Smith
"Money On My Mind"
Singer Sam Smith's debut single portends great things for the British soul upstart. With finger snaps, a jazzy beat, and Smith's buttery vocals, the track is a light-as-air mishmash of influences. We can't wait to hear more.
Com Truise
"Declination (Feat. Joel Ford)"
Synth whiz Com Truise clearly loves the neon sounds of the '80s, so teaming up with fellow retro pop enthusiast Joel Ford (of Ford & Lopatin and Ejecta) makes a lot of sense. "Declination" has Ford in ultra-smooth mode singing over a slickly produced backdrop. Time to dust of that Members Only jacket.
Lorde continues to dominate 2013 as the year comes to an end. The video for Pure Heroine highlight "Team" features Lorde singing in a dark room, as young runaways navigate abandoned buildings and do tricks on motorcycles.
Linda Perhacs
Back in 1970 dental hygienist Linda Perhacs released a single album of enchanting psych-folk and then faded into obscurity. Years later, she's become a cult hero for experimental songwriters of all stripes. "Freely," her first piece of music 43 years, has a New Age-y quality that's just as beautiful as ever.
The War On Drugs
"Red Eyes"
Philly outfit The War On Drugs has a timeless Americana sound that's far removed from current trends. And, that's just the way we like it. "Red Eyes" has a Nebraska-era Springsteen vibe perfect for long drives and Autumn mornings.

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