Kevin Garrett - "Coloring"
There's a line from Hemingway's A Moveable Feast that speaks perfectly to how the legendary author shook off writer's block in his early years and, in the process, wrote some of the most poignant prose of the 20th century: "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."
Pittsburgh-bred, Brooklyn-based singer Kevin Garrett's striking single "Coloring" begins with one true sentence: "Don't want the world to know I'm by myself." Thanks to Garrett's soul-bearing lyrics and beautiful falsetto, "Coloring" is poetic without being overwrought, elegant in its outlining of a realization in the face of a disintegrating relationship.
Arresting in its emotional nudity, "Coloring" is the sort debut that seems to signal an artist's larger purpose. A promising first step from an artist to watch.—Jon Tanners