NYC-based artist Cold Casper might kick it with rappers and share bills with some of the city’s most underrated hip-hop acts, but his own original music occupies a considerably different world. Lo-fi arrangements of meandering acoustic guitar are the foundation for most of his tracks, which meld 70s folk, Americana and emo rock through a somber, introspective kind of songwriting. The legacy of Nick Drake‘s haunting yet beautiful music looms above Cold Casper as a pivotal influence. Cold Casper (aka Roman Wallfisch) honors Drake with a cover of his posthumously released “All My Trials,” a classic folk tune popularized by Joan Baez. It’s the second song to Cold Casper’s newly premiered EP, The Moth.
We’re most transfixed by the song “Ice Age,” a muddied acoustic creation that echoes Sparklehorse‘s unconventional ear for distortion and noise. Stream Cold Casper’s The Moth above. Listen to more below.