In a whirlwind of ambient instrumentation and ethereal vocal harmonies, Austin’s folk-rock solo project Hills sings the modern western blues in his single “Desert Driver.” Hills’ Aaron Zachary takes influence from a variety of sources, including country, rock, folk, and the occasional sludge metal. The song hones in on the sharp lyricism and emphasis on storytelling that is so often associated with folk, while spicing things up with subdued synths and a bone-rattling guitar solo. Affectionately referred to as “bootgaze” the music of Hills draws up a unique concoction of alternative and folk, resulting in some dreamy desert pop. Take the genre for a spin with “Desert Driver” below, and keep your eyes peeled for a debut album, out this May.