Even before indie-pop vocalist/producer PJ Wolf officially released any songs under the moniker Thief Urban, his eclectic-sounding side project was off on its own highly buzzed-about venture. In July of 2012, the Australian polymath first channeled Discovery’s seminal LP in “Closer,” a percolating pop number, the tone of which he would later drop in order to tap into his urban-slanted other self to present us with the Pharrell-inspired “Cold.” Wolf returned this September with a curtailed name — just Thief — and a full-fledged debut song in the form of “Broken Boy,” hit us with the 90s tumblr friendly visual component for “Closer,” and now — latest but no where near last — Thief’s four-track Closer EP is available to stream for the first time exclusively on ATG.
Reviewers can’t seem to pin down Thief’s sound, entreating listeners to RIYL a huge range of influences: Is he a new Gotye? Is that a young Thom Yorke we hear? Theophilus London, N.E.R.D., Grizzly Bear, are you in there? We think Thief, by whichever of his all-star alter egos he chooses to go, has transcended these clichés, accessing a completely novel sound that stands on the shoulders of on its predecessors but high-fived them all the way to the top. Stream his Closer EP in full for the first time below and listen for yourself.
STREAM: Thief – Closer EP [PREMIERE]