The owner of that incredible head of hair you see above is the latest addition to the roster of Sub Pop Records.
Kyle Craft is a singer-songwriter with a voice like an angry goose who turned the end of an eight-year relationship and a flight across the United States into his first solo album, which also landed him with one of America’s most iconic indie labels.
Billboard is premiering the first sampling of that album, a cantankerous acoustic ode to perilous relationships called “Lady of the Ark.” Check it out below:
“Lady” comes from Dolls of Highland, due April 29. Most of it was crafted in Craft’s longtime home of Shreveport, La. and likewise, most of it was inspired by his long, winding history there. After finding himself single for the first time in his adult life, Craft left Louisiana for Portland, Ore. There, Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of The Helio Sequence helped mix and refine what would become Dolls of Highland.
Craft admits his voice sounds a good deal like Bob Dylan‘s, and that his muse has come to him many, many times. Still, “Lady of the Ark” hints that Craft’s music is so full of its own weird singularity that he’s on to something far beyond idol worship.
Check out the track listing for Dolls of Highland and its album art below:
“Eye of a Hurricane”
“Lady of the Ark”
“Trinidad Beach (Before I Ride)”
“Future Midcity Massacre”
“Dolls of Highland”
“Jane Beat the Reaper”