First Transmission: Jimi Somewhere, 1st Place.

“Life was better when I was seventeen,” sings Jimi Somewhere – né Benjamin Schandy – in somewhat woebegone tones on 1st Place, the first to come from his upcoming Ponyboy EP. And although this precocious Scandinavian purveyor of pristine avant-pop may be that bit closer to his later teens than, for instance, Sharon Van Etten, he evidences a conviction which belies his years on a track reminiscent of everything from Frank Ocean to Vaginaboys; bits of The Radio Dept., to pieces from Bieber’s Purpose. And, demonstrably purposeful, Schandy already sounds capable of scaling the upper reaches of charts here, there, and pretty well everywhere.

Jimi Somewhere’s SoundCloud.