There's a mysterious allure that's hard to pinpoint about BORNS, the vehicle for Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Garrett Borns. Even Prince, a notoriously tough critic, named him a recent favorite last year, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I like that you can't tell what it's inspired by."
For Borns, this is by design.
"I've never been one to spell it out very clear," Borns said last week on the phone from a tour stop in Nashville, Tenn. "I just like the obstacle course of figuring out something."
The 24-year-old Michigan native has found plenty of listeners willing to unpack his soaring takes on pop-rock, as evidenced by the success of...