this month he just turned 20. and at his age he already created some of the most underrated songs including best friend, television/so far so good, untitled, sunflower, loving is easy, happiness, rain man, a song about being sad, never enough, and so on. his songs just cant be bad really.
no songs made me feel more over the last 3 years. but when i listened to this kid, man, i swear to god, he's what i've been searching for.
he can make good songs without being pretentious. his songs can be so rich but still manage to be lowkey. his works feel so fresh and original, but he doesnt go too far to look new. he's not trying too hard. it sounds effortless but not 'lazy' at all.
i like his songwriting tho. like he just wrote what he wanted to write and didnt give a shit. most of his lyrics are very specific, too specific it's either people who happen to experience the same thing can relate AF, or people who dont relate can feel how it feels even WANT TO FEEL the same. just like what he did in Best Friend. *putting that smile when u just shared an inside joke*
these specific stories personalize the song, give us the listeners such collective feeling of experiencing the same thing. sometimes he just cursed and inserted weird references and it even makes the lyrics feel more honest and real. like what he did in never enough and television/so far so good.
also, this o'connor guy really knows how to play with transitions. he's only 20 but his song can be composed of jazz, hip hop, blues, soul, britpop to big band even ska at the same time. it feels like when alex turner married michael buble and give birth to brendon urie who had sex with jason mraz and poof here comes rex orange county. he can put different genres and extreme transition in one song, without it being so noticeable. he is genius.
my favorite atm: television/so far so good and best friend.
ps. first listening may not work. try to listen to the whole song and try second, and third listening. btw, first-15-seconds is not the way it will sound in its 40s sec and 70s sec i warned u