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Delko debuts with a syrupy post-rock self-titled EP

Adding a healthy dose of post-rock syrup onto each one of the six tracks that compose its 2019 self-titled debut EP, Delko offers up an easy-listening experience for the earnest experimental rock music auditor. The many textures the Providence-based band applies to songs like "Seasons" and "Seattle" beg for appreciation: the harmonious relationship between soft guitar riffs, sensitive vocal inflections, and light drum taps give way to brief math-rock breakdowns where the bass shines. For better or worse the band's music has a tinge of emo to it, creating melancholy ambiances that accompany confessional lyrics, in the spirit of groups like England's Basement. The EP, recorded, mixed and mastered by the group's dear friend Alex Salter, is the culmination of two years of hard work, a promising blend of styles that signal good things to come from the band. Delko offers a toothsome mixture of sounds to dig into, and we got them here for you in "Seasons" streaming below. - Rene Cobar 

   

So Sensitive's dark pop debut out 08.02; hear new single now

So Sensitive -- the dark-pop outfit born from the ashes of experimental duo Muscle & Marrow -- will release their debut album Bedroom Drama on August 2nd. They've just released second single "My Heart Is Open," after setting the tone with "What's A Girl To Do?". The new track continues the lightening of So Sensitive's sound from their earlier days; the indie pop of Kira Clark and Keith McGraw seems accessible compared to the rumbling rawness of Muscle & Marrow. Despite that, "My Heart Is Open" remains full of emotion and grit as an homage to Clark's songwriting hero Courtney Love. The single channels Bedroom Drama's themes of sexual identity, obsession, and sacrifice, showing that though the duo's music is lighter, the subject matter certainly isn't. Take a listen to "My Heart Is Open" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Pensive mornings have met their match in Max Grazier's new record "Warm Enough Not To Care"

Your weekend playlist can get a boost from the music of Portsmouth’s Max Grazier. The New Hampshire singer-songwriter’s latest EP Warm Enough Not To Care is evenly spread with a sonic marmalade of dynamic acoustic and electric guitar riffs, stupendous vocal harmonies, and subtle drums to sway to, all tinged with a bedroom-production syrup so sweet. All three tracks of Grazier’s new record feel like confessions, not meant to be released, deeply personal, sung with passion, and played to the wave of pseudo-surf guitar ambiance. Pensive weekend mornings just got a lot better, in that kind of moody-basking way, thanks to the music of Max Grazier. The trombone finale in “Paper Eyes” is exquisite, let it build up below. - Rene Cobar

   

Cindy Latin mixes elegance and urban flair in new single "In a Year From Now"

Matching the splendor of the tasteful instrumentation that accompanies her, Boston’s Cindy Latin lets her vocals soar in her latest single “In a Year From Now.” Yes, the drums flash some nearly-acrobatic fills, the bass grooves deliciously, and the trumpets are resonant, but it is Cindy’s passionate expressions that captivate, switching with ease from flowing verses to soulful choruses, she commits to them wholly. Cindy Latin strikes that perfect balance between an elegant soul singer and hardened street lady, similarly as another gal people may know of named Alicia Keys. “In a Year From Now” drips with honest curiosity about the future, and easily creates a narrative that we can all relate to, Cindy Latin channels the message well. Without further ado “In a Year From Now” is streaming below for your listening pleasure. - Rene Cobar 

   

Folk songstress Jeannie debuts with tender self-titled record, plays Union Tavern 06.29

The soft music of Boston’s Jeannie with its supple vocal melodies, entrancing acoustic guitar overtures, and pulsating cello foundations slowly leads the listener to a place familiar, a corner of the mind treasured. The indie-folk songstress is debuting with a self-titled EP suggestive of detachment from the hectic world, the atmospheric music lends itself to as much, the compassionate musical expressions float freely, and yet the lyrics center the themes back to people, relationships, love. Jeannie’s music is the perfect example of folk’s power of suggestion, the genre’s ability to produce beautiful sonic portraits recognizable to each listener in a unique way. Jeannie will be performing at Union Tavern in Somerville on June 29th, bringing the momentum of her premiere with her. See what you will when you listen to “in earnest” streaming below. - Rene Cobar