Artist: Dawn Landes Track: "Bodyguard" Album: Fireproof Listen
Dawn Landes, who released Fireproof this week, sounds a bit like iTunes sensation Feist and synth-pop trio Au Revoir Simone -- but with just enough quirks and quieter, acoustic spaces to keep things interesting. Backbeats with banjo, brushes and bells season what are basically heartfelt, testimonial songs with the engaging vocal twists of Joni Mitchell. I can't wait to hear the album in its entirety. For now, "Bodyguard" is a standout; be sure also to check out "Straight Lines."