If the ongoing misadventures of Justin Bieber have you believing that children are indeed NOT the future — and by children, I mean anyone under 30 — and by future, I mean capable of putting a decent song on the radio — and by radio, I mean iPod, Spotify, YouTube or whatever the hell floats your boat — wait, where was I? Oh yeah — the future’s gonna be just fine if it keeps minting promising pop acts like Philip Labes. I get tens of hundreds of indie, and by that I mean self produced, songs and videos in the Popdose inbox every week and this little gem truly stands out — and the video, set on the beautiful USC campus, is pretty damn fun as well.

‘Hero’ is a great summer earworm to combat the side effects of playing (Someone who will never have a solo hit)’s ‘Fancy featuring Charli XCX‘ on constant rotation. It is the lead single from a five track EP that you can pick up for yourself today.

Labes is a 21 year-old USC  senior — the EP (co-produced by Tim Kobza) is chok full of potential summer mixtape additions, and by mixtape I mean playlist or perhaps an excuse to burn one of the 300 blank CDRs on my desk on that I can’t seem to throw in the garbage.

Philip Labes Cover Art 2

Philip Labes’ GGGGOST! EP is available today via Bandcamp – pay what you like, but come on, help a brother buy a better cape.

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Keith Creighton

Keith is a music correspondent for Popdose and an advocate on women's empowerment, gender identity and gender liberation issues. His Popdose beats include new releases (reviews, interviews), box sets and reissues, and Gender Nation X (coloring outside gender's rigid lines). He's marketing writer by day for Sudden Monkey.

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