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Straight outta South Haven, Borns makes a big pop sound

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Not long ago, Garrett Borns was a Grand Haven, Mich., teenager playing covers in a party band at clubs and wedding receptions. "No one really asked how old I was," he recalls, "so I got interested in nightlife as a punk kid."

These days, however, he's spending those nights, and days, making his own music.

Performing under his surname only -- and appearing Sunday, March 1 at Detroit's Saint Andrews Hall -- the 23-year-old Borns, who's been in Los Angeles since 2013, released his first EP, "Candy," in November, preceded by the single "10,000 Emerald Pools." The lush, ethereal pop sound, he says, is the product of finding a "treetop sanctuary" where he came up with material.

"I was writing a lot acoustically," Borns says, "and I found this space in the hills of L.A. that was a really inspiring spot. It was really quiet and really serene up there. There were fruit trees everywhere, and I could really explore my sonic landscape there better than anywhere else.

"I had all this room to make noise. And California is so expansive and has all these canyon scapes, I feel like my soundfield got a lot bigger."

"Candy" features four songs, while Borns and his collaborators are a work on a full-length album. He's not putting any time frame on its arrival, however.

"It's hard to say because I'm kind of in the discovery process, diving deep into the weird places in my mind I want to explore and just getting weird in the studio," Borns explains. "I try to write as much as I can; most of the time they're only half-songs or just a melody idea that we pull out in the studio. I rarely write a song from start to finish.

"But that's the exciting part, 'cause it's all behind the scenes so you can make completely ridiculous, arbitrary music and nobody has to hear it.

"Then at the end you have this product that hopefully is ready for people's ears and they don't have to see the excruciating process that goes into making it."

Misterwives, Borns and Hamdsome Ghost

Sunday, March 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $19

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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