Tom Walker hails from Manchester, raised on his family's extensive record collection.
So the songwriter sees no issue with, say, matching crushed J Dilla beats against 1930s blues recording, fusing a soulful, pop approach with some acoustic songwriting.
New cut 'Sun Goes Down' borrows from an early 20th century recording of the work song 'I'll Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down'.
At times stark, sparse and at others lush and intense, it's a brave recording that tackles recurring aspects of oppression.
"Despite certain aspects changing for the better, many negative aspects still remain in society," he says. "Even though we think we are free, we are still slaves to society."
Check it out now.