Merchant’s debut single “Staying in California” feels so smooth, it’s almost like he’s been around the block once or twice. Yes, Merchant is no stranger to the music biz (you’ve heard his other projects on Shameless and Super Bowl commercials, to name just a few)… but “Staying in California” is a promising start to a fresh new career. With a healthy dose of 80s synthpop aesthetic, Merchant croons big hooks over thumping bass lines, reverbed-out drums, and fun guitar riffs. Just try to resist bopping your head along to the groove, we dare you.

You can find “Staying in California” on Soundcloud (below) or Spotify.