BØRNS is the nom de plume of Garrett Borns. He originated out of the Grand Rapids music scene that came out of the local community arts college. After a short stint in New York, he moved to Los Angeles. On his Facebook page, he is a self-described tree house dwelling resident of that city. His rise, after years of woodshedding, has recently been on an upward trajectory. This month he earned designation by XPN’s January Artist to Watch.
He sings with an otherworldly falsetto voice that closely matches by his approach to, and the selected themes of, his music. He is largely marked as alternative and indie rock, but I would put his music closer to singer-songwriter neo-folk. Whatever you want to call it, it is engaging and beautiful music. Here he is with an unattributed accompanist* performing “10,000 Emerald Pools.”
Here is the electro-dream-pop version:
*An unforgiveable omission that almost eliminated this post. Note to artist and record company–attribute your performers.