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SOUNDS LIKE: Slaved-over deep thoughts of a born loner, with the weight of the world on his shoulders and a flashing smirk on his face
FOR FANS OF: Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Frightened Rabbit
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: The Mildura-raised 23-year-old was heading down a classical path before being hijacked by traditional teen angst (My Chemical Romance, Paramore) and transforming into a self-described "scene kid". ("My first songs were pretty emo tunes, so I guess not too much has changed," he now jokes.) Upon moving to Melbourne at 18, Biggs began "trying out this folk thing" when a friend burnt him a copy of Fionn Regan's The End Of History, which, combined with his "first proper break-up", provided the catalyst for him "having a crack" at some initial bedroom-recorded efforts using rudimentary student-licensed software. Fast forward a few years and Biggs' first publicly shared songs — "Tidal Wave" and "Out in the Dark" — earned an impressive 1.5 million Spotify streams, alongside praise from BBC Radio 1, KCRW and Triple J, setting the platform for last month's major label debut EP, Still You Sharpen Your Teeth.
HE SAYS: "I'm definitely a control freak. It took a lot for me to relinquish that control to [Still You Sharpen Your Teeth producer] John Castle. It was a real struggle the first week to go in there and let someone else take the reins," Biggs says of his first studio experience laying down the tracks he'd demoed for the EP. Of the final product he says, "It's a varied snapshot. You've got songs about death and wanting to give up and songs about trying to find hopefulness. I think the EP has a struggle in there, and the songs are the links to that."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: Optimistic, free-flowing "Figure It Out" is the perfect entry-point, but "New York" is Biggs at his best — flipping from humour to morbidity, often across the space of just a few lines.