Long Beach-based blues and soul singer Kwesi Foraes has the voice of a devastatingly handsome angel. It's deep and sometimes raspy, perfectly complemented by the folky castanets and clapping beats, sweet violin, and strumming acoustic guitar featured in his new single, "Pentacle 13." The song comes from his debut EP, 27 (although the singer himself is only 23), which will be out sometime this year.
"Pentacle 13," Foraes expressed to The FADER over email, "was inspired by a series of hallucination-like dreams I had about the surviving son of the 1929 Lawson Family Murder’s revenging his family’s death, caused by his ill father." It's full of exquisitely raw emotion; the pipes on Foraes are some of the most expressive I've heard in a while. This song warrants repeat listens—we'll be awaiting that EP with bated breath.