There’s no denying my love for Pedro The Lion (now disbanded to become just David Bazan) which has been further enhanced a cover he just did of Radiohead’s Let Down for a 10 year anniversary tribute (was it really a decade ago? I can actually remember heading off to Paris to buy the CD on the day of the release and finding that there was no flourish or fanfare for it. Just slung into the racks and abandoned there to fight for itself.)
Bazan himself is possibly my favourite lyricist at the minute. The obliqueness of his style makes the words strangely even more poignant. Moving from the emo-concept albums (is that a first?) that cemented his critical acclaim – such as Control which follows the disintegration of a relationship or Winner Never Quit chartering the rise and fall of a politician – his recent solo work has moved to a more acoustic feel but are still as brilliant.
The internet is full of freebies from him – acoustic performances, youtube videos, etc – and his site is the best place to start.