Ethan Tucker - Acoustic in LA (Free Download)

In anticipation for his forthcoming album Misunderstood, Ethan Tucker has released a sweet live-set acoustic five-track EP. It's a free download, and we don't often get free music with such humbling emotional range. The least you could do is give him a quick listen.

Now, if you were taking the word "quick" literally, I'm sorry to say I'm going to stretch it out as far as possible. My favorite song from the EP runs just past six minutes in length, it's a cover of The Police's Roxanne with a bit of a twist. Without spoiling too much, let's just say you'd be crazy not to finish the listen. Don't spoil it for yourself, read no further, click play, and enjoy.

Don't be quick to give up on Ethan's cover. It switches a lot around, but realize everything he's going through. All this sound is coming from one person and his guitar. Take the time to admire how he switches his playing style at a whim as he sings, then follow that for an admiration of his readiness to beat box, and for how he manages to sneak in the classic Gnarls Barkley hit in such a way that it sounds like it belongs in the original recording.

The rest of the EP won't be ready to bend ideas as easily as the Roxanne cover, but that's only because it's not a cover release. You can expect three original songs from the upcoming album, today's featured version of Roxanne, and a cover of Bon Iver's Flume.
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If you like acoustics, and you don't mind a live setting, go ahead and download the release. Streaming it in its entirety is currently impossible, but you can check out Cool Kids on Soundcloud to make sure he's for you. The download will cost you nothing more than your email address, so grab it while you can.

If you can't quite find it on his site right now, the above embed should work fine. If you're reading this early, he might still be on tour. He should be finishing up with California soon and moving on to Mexico in no more than a couple of days. Be sure to check out his tour dates to see if you can make it, or just tag along on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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