It’s been six months since we last believed that Frank Ocean was dropping new music, (unless you count Kanye’s listening party where Frank was spotted). While “Thinkin Bout You” and “Super Rich Kids” will never get old, we’re impatiently waiting for new music. Are you among the thousands of fans who are tired of waiting for Frank Ocean? Here’s an artist who sounds just like him: Meet Toronto singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar.
The 21-year-old singer came up on our radar back in 2014 when he released his debut EP, Praise Break on Soundcloud, but by that time, he had already embarked on a long journey to get where he was.
Growing up in a religious household with a gospel singer for a father, Caesar was always interested in music, he explained in an interview with Fader. After a stint got him expelled out of his private high school and a falling out with his father, Caesar decided it was time for a change. Leaving his Oshawa choir boy days behind him, he packed up his stuff and headed to Toronto without a home or a cent to his name.
In his time hopping from couch to couch, Caesar managed to meet Jordan Evans, the producer responsible for Drake’s “Pound Cake.” Together, Caesar and Evans worked together to release Praise Break, an EP comprised of seven tracks, cleverly named to symbolize his break from his religious childhood upbringing. Since then, Caesar has caught the attention of music lovers far and wide—from Much Creator thatdudeMCFLY to local rapper Sean Leon, who he collaborated with on the track “Paradise.”
Daniel Caesar our version of Frank Ocean or …
— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) August 4, 2015
Though Caesar’s music incorporates gospel-like harmonies, his unique sound doesn’t stop there. Choosing to remain ambiguous when it comes to genre, he takes inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, including artists like Kanye West and James Blake.
Caesar recently released Pilgrim’s Paradise last November, his latest EP following Praise Break. With over 23,000 Soundcloud followers, Caesar is selling out local shows and gaining exposure quickly.
Though our boy Frank Ocean and Daniel Caesar don’t sound exactly alike, when listening to Caesar, we’re brought back to 2012 when we heard Channel Orange for the first time. “Violet,” off of Praise Break, sounds like Frank Ocean’s “End” combined with his Aaliyah tribute “You Are Luhh.”
Check out Caesar’s new EP, Pilgrim Paradise and to follow him on Soundcloud! At this point, he’s bound to release another project way sooner than Frank Ocean…