On paper, Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy isn't really our thing. But thank fuck we don't listen to music on paper, because Joy's debut single is one of the best things to happen to us all year. Hooking you from the get-go with its wistful opening strums and unwaveringly fatalist vocals, "Riptide" is a stunner from start to finish (those lyrics! that bridge! literally everything!). With shades of everything from Mumford & Sons to Eugene McGuinness and sure, probably the Lumineers too, it's a masterful debut with an even better video to accompany it, coming off like something straight from CANADA's oeuvre as envisaged through a Wes Anderson moodboard. Already smashing it in his native Australia, he's just been picked up by Atlantic in the states and hits our shores on tour with Lissie next month. Expect big things.
STREAM: "Riptide" - Vance Joy