It's always been important for an artist to make a strong impression with a debut. After all, the music business isn't known for giving second chances. But in a world where infinite numbers of new tunes are just a click away, the stakes are higher: It's important to make a statement with your very first song.
Harris starts his EP with the bold "Iloveyou." For more than a minute, the singer serves as his own a cappella chorus, arranging vocals like a shrewd military tactician: percussive bursts of notes shoot down the middle while subtler, stickier streams sneak in around the sides. The song is hard-headed -- in the 21st century, few artists expend the energy to put together these sorts of vocal formations. But it lands softly. If you squint, there are touches of both DJ Mustard and doo-wop in the snapped beat, as well as the important idea that those two things don't have to be mutually exclusive.