HEAR THIS: Seth Lael
There”s likely a part of Seth Lael that tells himself to forget frequent flyer miles and to just build a hot air balloon. He wants to admire the world, telling others to do so, too, all the while playing his rock style textures (“Big Country”). He might not know it, but there are times where his vocals are reminiscent of geography lover Sufjan Stevens. Such is the case on “All Hours,” where Lael shows himself to be a modest guitar virtuoso. But “Jimmy”s Dream” is where the offbeat indie online casino musician shines, pitting himself against the San Francisco housing bubble and dealing with the bigger crisis of what it means to share the American Dream. It”s him against the 1%, and listeners will kindly give balloons.