Nearly everything about British singer Findlay Brown suggests 1960 rather than 2010. His hair: a jet-black pompadour. His backstory: A former bare-knuckles boxer, he wrote his debut album, 2007's Separated by the Sea, to win back an old girlfriend. But most of all, his music: his voice sounds like Roy Orbison's, while his songs' instrumentation channels Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.
"Love Will Find You"--the title song from his second album, which came out earlier this year--exemplifies this retro-soul style, and winks at the era that inspired it. The track opens with an announcer introducing Brown, variety-show host-style. Then, the song begins, featuring brass and soaring strings, followed by Brown's plea, "How long can we wait for it?" The question is repeated throughout the song, over and over. More than anything else, that longing, that expression of impatience without corresponding action, is what gives "Love Will Find You" its old-fashioned feel.
On iTunes: Findlay Brown / "Love Will Find You"