The world found itself in a constant trash fire in 2018, but somehow the music game stayed consistently good in the midst of it all. Last year, Cardi B’s debut saw wigs fly (literally and figuratively), Robyn returned and gave us an album that was sweet as Honey, Kacey Musgraves had the gays living their country pop fantasy, and Troye Sivan blossomed into the queer pop icon we didn’t know we needed until now.
It was a jam packed year of new and old faces, who brought us notable bangers and playlist-worthy bops. With 2019 just getting started, we need to introduce you to a few new faces who will likely be some of this years biggest music stars.
Sub-Pop Records latest signing is a blue-eyed country crooner from Toronto who rocks a fringe mask and red cowboy hat like no other. Aside from serving eye-catching looks, Orville Peck’s music is smooth and cinematic, oozing crystalline guitar licks and rich vocals that are deeply mystifying, pulling you into a film-noir like fantasy. His videos are surreal portraits that compliment his evocative storytelling, often weaving vintage vignettes into dreamscapes of motel sex and ’60s glam.
His debut album Pony comes out on March 22nd. If you like desert sunsets, dramatic close-ups, and lots of sexy babes walking around, his latest single/video “Dead Of Night” has all the right stuff.
View the rest of the Top 5 after the jump!