A refreshing surf rock style and unyielding political convictions in tow, one time Kingston resident Thomas Little, aka Dazy Crown, is making waves over in East Anglia, UK. While his first single, “Perfect Dream”, can be commended for its brevity, “Common Scents” narrows its focus to one particular injustice. Little keeps seeing people getting locked up for rolling up, and he has a problem with a government that sees no problem in that. Little’s lyrics lay out a timely case against drug policy with the Canadian election at hand, culminating in a cry to “just let it go.” Though his lack of patience for the ruling Conservative party is clear, Little holds back on animosity in his delivery; it’s a surf rock tune after all. For anyone infuriated with the Harper-Fords schmoozing over the past week, this song is a rallying call, but its pop sensibilities will propel it beyond the ephemerality of Election Day.

Anyway, the minimalist touch of the self-produced single lends a Belle & Sebastian-y tinge to Little’s voice. The tune’s fuzzy atmosphere is as if Little had turned on the space heater in his bedroom before recording it. And a standout bridge commands attention before letting “Common Scents” dissolve into outro verse bliss. Check it out, and vote if you haven’t already.

– ben

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