Album: Oberhofer, Time Capsules II (Glassnote)

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Brad Oberhofer is a 20-year-old NYU music theory student with a broken heart.

We know this because every song on his debut album – sample lyric: "I gave you my love and you tore it apart" – tells us.

Oberhofer's response, though, does not take the form of Bon Iver's refelective sadness. Instead, he comes on like Conor Oberst meets Brian Wilson in a ramshackle approach that sounds to these ears like a refreshing burst of honest emotion in an often pallid musical landscape.