It was just two years ago that New York City’s Arsun was praised by media as the “New York teen resurrecting vintage rock.” And he’s not the first to have earned that nod, that’s for sure. But if quality over quantity means anything in this young song slinger’s career, that its time to take notice.
Arsun is back with the new single “Southern Winds”, which Glide is premiering today (below). The song boasts a soulful folk grandeur, rarely heard today from younger singer-songwriters. Shades of Scott Walker and Rufus Wainwright, convoy big-screen images and sounds previously last prominently heard decades past.
“Southern Winds draws from influences such as Phil Spector, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘You Only Live Twice’, and The Beach Boys’ lyrics combined with lyrics inspired largely by Homer’s epic ‘the odyssey’ and popular 50s and 60s music. The main melody kind of just came out of the blue when I was messing around with some chords one day. I really liked them and thought they had kind of a special surreal sound. I made the lyrics try to kind of reflect that vibe,” says Arsun.