Austin Bustad"s music is a product of exposure to various forms of art and literature. He hopes that "through a platform of pop charm and a magnetism of accessibility [he] can detour a listener to a place of struck introspection". His most vivid influences include Salman Rushdie, João Gilberto, B.B. King, Duke Ellington, Edgar Allan Poe, Claude Debussy, and Michel Gondry. In his music there is embedded a hope that a good song can be more than a levitated melodic hypnosis with underhanded haphazard wordplay- but rather, a fusion of lyrical artistry and evocative sound. The result is a firework of assertion letting loose in songs fit for whiskey.
He frequently performs as a solo act, swallowing the microphone with the potency of his velvet swoons and summoning his guitar to strike like a gospel choir with washboards and a vengeance. He will often play with a band at his back as well, usually drums and often bass and electric guitar as well.
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The songs have colorful and witty titles, some of which include Kisses Like Cashmere, Orange Storm, Wimpy the Rifleman, Little Smoky Wish, With the Starlight, and White Butterfly. Sets are different every show and very delightful indeed, ranging from little 20 minute teases to over an hour.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.