There’s nothing more frustrating than realizing you’ve missed the boat on a talented new songwriter, especially when they’ve already racked up a substantial amount of attention. So if you caught wind of Saint Raymond, aka Callum Burrows, months ago, try to keep your exultation at bay for those of us that are going to languish in self-pride over this latest discovery.
Since receiving a press release for Everything Everything‘s sputtering remix of “Everything She Wants” earlier this week, I’ve kept my ears and eyes glued to Burrows’ steadily growing SoundCloud profile. With remixes by Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke and Prides also apart of his catalogue, there’s no question that the young artist has earned the recognition of his peers very early on. But you might be wondering: “what’s all the fuss about?”
8 months ago, the answer to that question would’ve been “Everything She Wants,” but with a fantastic string of singles as of late, things are a little different. “Young Blood,” Burrows’ spritely, Zane Lowe-approved hit has surely struck a chord with fans of HAIM and The 1975—what with it’s spunky and playful spits of guitar—but I bet my bottom dollar that his most recent single, “Brighter Days,” is the cause of everyone’s excitement.
No doubt a refreshing slice of indie-pop, “Brighter Days” has got all the ingredients necessary to rocket its way up the charts: Tropically-infused guitar riffs and frolicking drum patterns make it one helluva’ charming, and by all means, polished production. Not only that, the song has a genuine feel to it, thanks in large part to Burrows’ youthful, optimistic lyrical hooks. So if your mantra for the summer is “cool beers and fun times,” look no further.