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The Austin 100: Field Medic

Field Medic.
Michael Tyrone Delaney
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Field Medic.

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Genre: Folk

Why We're Excited: As Field Medic, singer-songwriter Kevin Patrick Sullivan uses the sparest of ingredients — an acoustic guitar, sparse drum-machine beats, an unadorned voice — to build lo-fi folk songs that crackle with vibrant intimacy. In "henna tattoo," Sullivan's small but vividly poetic details help bring together a tentative and vulnerable song about jealousy, insecurity, doubt and "rolling blackouts in your heart."

Listen to Field Medic's "henna tattoo"

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