For whatever reason, the music industry seems devoid of rock talent coming out of Utah, but when it does it’s in the form of a virtuoso powerhouse like Richard Tyler Epperson.  Playing all the instruments but drums on his debut album, Hourglass, as well as singing, indie rock certainly has a new renaissance man on its hands.

Due out April 8, 2014, the full-length Hourglass is available for pre-streaming on Epperson’s SoundCloud page.  The afore-mentioned instruments he plays on the album are anything from electric guitar (which he does very well) to vintage keys to even a little electronic sampling.  Epperson has been compared to John Mayer and Jason Mraz, but his sound seems much more indie and less simplistic and pop than that.  His vocals and guitar work have a heavy bent towards post-Replacements Paul Westerberg, and the song composition of many of the tracks on Hourglass also look to the 90s, pulling possibly from late-era Catherine Wheel and Sponge.

Epperson seems to still be developing his style, and it wouldn’t be surprising if his next album was something completely different, given his diverse talents and influences.  A little to the left of pop contempo, but a little on the mild indie side, Hourglass promises to appeal to a wide audience upon its release.

Hourglass is available to stream on Epperson’s SoundCloud Page or on the widget above, and it’s available for pre-order on his website.  Pre-order purchase also includes a free download of the single “Falling Between the Stars.”  A video for the first single, “Like Always” was just posted this weekend and can be viewed below.


Written by Layla Marino