New Music: Daniel Caesar ‘Praise Break’ EP

At 19, Daniel Caesar is dealing with the first growing pains of adulthood: women, family, his own dreams and ambitions. All of this focus is heard heavily in the Toronto singer’s latest project, Praise Break.

Originally premiered by Billboard in September, the 7-track EP blends Caesar’s gospel upbringing with his love of classic rock and R&B. The result is a mixture of love, loss, religion and emotion galore.. Tracks like “Violet” and “End Of The Road” swim in a pool of different sounds spearheaded by producers Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett — who place Caesar’s soothing vocals on top of samples of Jeff Buckley, Zero 7, and even influences from Pink Floyd.

Caesar doesn’t sounds like he is trying to duplicate the more well known hazy Toronto singers like The Weeknd and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Instead, his songwriting about unrequited love and dealing with religion as an adult stands out on its own. Folks from all walks of life will be able to relate here.

Stream the EP here.