Michael Malarkey
Actor, singer/songwriter Michael Malarkey has just dropped his debut album Mongrels. Most of you may know him as Enzo from the hit series The Vampire Diaries and, like myself, didn't know he had such a golden and sexy voice. I was drawn to his music from the first moment I listened to the title track Mongrels. He has such deep, soulful vocals and the song is simply enchanting. It's a mix of Folk/country and is reminiscent of acts such as Nick Cave. 
Another favourite track of mine is Uncomfortably Numb, one of the most uptempo tracks from this gorgeous album. His vocals are so sexy!!! From the acoustic-guitar driven My History Will Be The Death Of Me to the haunting and emotionally charged Strangers Dancing and Scars, Michael guides us through the deepest corners of his soul. 
Malarkey’s debut album Mongrels is the scribbling's of a restless creative, battling to contain his nomadic spirit within his compositions. His musical imprint is inspired by a host of different artists and his album is a demonstration of an eclectic musical taste. Stream this gorgeous album below!

Malarkey’s writes a mixture of introspective country/folk music or driven, ravenous blues songs with lyrics filled with a haunting beauty, yet displaying a warm soul. Each song is a new journey into another corridor of his mind, charged with the depth of a man who sees the world in imagery and emotion.
The album was recorded and produced by Malarkey himself in his current hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, alongside Tom Tapley and Brandon Bush, who provide a definite Nashville influence.

With so many influences on show, Malarkey explains the album concept in more detail:
Mongrels represents the many-faced animal within us that is here but never quite from here; the dreamer within us, stricken with wanderlust, who is tuned to the frequencies of change; the nomad within us whose roots grow not in the ground, but in the wind. It represents the mystery of our vagrant nature, at times a source of weakness and at times a source of power.
Malarkey is going on tour to promote the album and you can check out the dates below:

EU Tour Dates:
Oct. 23 -- Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Oct. 24 -- Norwich @ Epic Studios
Oct. 25 -- Manchester @ Star & Garter
Oct. 26 -- Liverpool @ Studio 2
Oct. 27 -- Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
Oct. 28 -- London @ Thousand Island
Oct. 29 -- London @ Thousand Island
Nov. 24 -- Barcelona @ Sala Bikini
Nov. 26 -- Warsaw @ BARdzo Bardzo
Nov. 27 -- Prague @ NoD
Nov. 28 -- Berlin @ Privatclub
Nov. 29 -- Cologne @ Studio 672
Nov. 30 -- Amsterdam @ Melkweg
Dec. 1 -- Hasselt @ Cafe Cafe
Dec. 2 -- Paris @ Point Éphémére