Beautiful synth-based alternative pop debut from the young Nashville singer-songwriter. With heavy Radiohead/Thom Yorke influence -- as well as a few dashes of Air atmospherics and U2 grandeur peppered in -- Together. Alone is emotive and melodic, with upbeat moments that soar into the cosmos and introspective exploration that cuts deep. Highlights include "Immortalize," "Identity," and "Nothing Without You," but the entire set is well worth the journey.
A brilliant and unexpectedly successful merger of blazing black metal and traditional Appalachian instrumentation, the multifaceted nature of Roads to the North could come off as gimmicky or pretentious if the compositions didn't feel so inarguably genuine.