“Nashville-based Conner Youngblood is a curious man. He recently learned Danish because, well, why the heck not? And when he finished touring Europe with Aurora earlier in the year he set off on an expedition around Norway and Iceland, eating bear meat and hanging out with reindeer along the way. There’s also a theme of drifting between places in his music, notably on songs from his The Generation Of Lift EP, which is being re-released by Ninja Tune‘s Counter Records. But it’s not because Youngblood is lost. He’s just trying to find his own sound in his own unique way. “That’s kind of what my whole philosophy has kind of been: like, if you do something awesome, awesome things happen because of it, and you just kind of go along from one thing to the next and follow a path that’s creating itself,” he explained to Vice. “I’m not very good at creating a set of goals and trying to get there – usually I’m just really focused on the exact thing I’m doing, and then when I release that, or put that out into the world, cool things happen because of it.” This happy-go-lucky philosophy seems to be working well for the gifted musician, who kept his talents quiet from friends while studying Amerian Studies at Yale. His songs are pretty yet bold, ambience-strafted songs that mix up – very easily – the alt-folk of Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens with hip-hop, electronica, and bluegrass. Don’t bet against a fidgety Youngblood finding further sounds to throw into an already intoxicating brew. But for now, enjoy where he’s at.” — via Redbull
Watch Conner perform “Summer Song” below! Click HERE for more from the session.