When you attempt to mix genres it either goes really well or really poorly. Lucky for us, Susto nails it on their debut album, Susto. We bucketed this one into folk but really I'd call it country, folk and rock all rolled into one. As we sprint into spring there's no denying that this one is best enjoyed with open windows and an Arnold Palmer in hand. In their debut album, Susto's lead singer Justin Osborne is able to sing honestly about his experiences growing up in the southern US all the while managing to speak more intelligently than the overplayed cliches that most pop-country stars can't escape. For the most part, however, it's just a feel-good album talking about dropping acid with friends, drinking, and loving.
BONUS CONTENT: The word "susto" is a Spanish word that "an intense fear understood as a condition of the soul". The fact that the band name is a Spanish word makes sense as the main architect behind the group, Justin, founded the group while he was living in Cuba. You can check out the group's website and find their latest releases by following the link!
Release date: February 14th, 2021
Similar artist(s): Rayland Baxter, Kurt Vile, Tame Impala
Top tracks: County Line, Acid Boys, Dream Girl