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Fraser A. Gorman

Championed by fellow Australian Courtney Barnett, Melbourne's Fraser A. Gorman's 2015 debut album, Slow Gum, landed on her label, Milk!, and the two friends often appear in each other videos (see his clip for "Shiny Gun" below, featuring Barnett). Gorman leans more towards a classic Laurel Canyon or Americana sound than Barnett; rather than caustic guitar, he opts for a more loping, country flair. Equally comfortable covering Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run The Game" with singer Leah Senior or unfurling his own mournful gems, like "Blossom & Snow," Gorman is a smart, refreshing new voice, deftly balancing the somber and the sweetly subversive.