Your Daily Lick: JL Stiles

Landmark EP (self-released)



Stiles' voice conveys the gravitas of Eddie Vedder and the carefree spirit of Jack Johnson, but his music may not appeal to devotees of either. Instead, he hits a tougher spot in the middle where solemnity and whimsicality vie for supremacy. Call it a stalemate after four tracks, which is just long enough for the ambiguity to become addictive.