Label: White Denim
All Hell seems to have the power to slow down time -- or at least your heart rate. Daughn Gibson's debut album flows like a narcotic easing its way through the bloodstream. The trick is in blending two seemingly disparate genres -- lonesome outlaw country and twitchy dubstep -- together until the mix bleeds black. Gibson's brooding baritone oozes with the resigned dread of Johnny Cash or Scott Walker, while his echoing piano and synths trace the line between Burial and James Blake -- see "Tiffany Lou" or "Lookin' Back on '99," which has the lost-highway rhythm of a David Lynch mind-bender.