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Continued: First Ave's Best New Bands: He's a Kingdom unto himself

His latest EP from July, “Talk to Strangers,” boasts more provocative and worldly lyrics, with highlights including the work-ethic homage “I Should Be a Pusha” and the loopy, boy-to-man digital romp “Mediocre.”

The latter song, he said, “is about insecurities, and how I have more respect for people who show me their insecurities than hide them.”

Asked if he’s the one afraid of being “mediocre” in the song, Allan said, “Yeah, I’m opening up there. I want to get all my secrets out right away so people know who I am and what I’m about right up front.”

There’s a lot more to learn about him yet, it seems, but at least one big secret is out. • 612-673-4658

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