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Trafton’s “Gone” is a cold, lonely affair

It’s easy to imagine yourself in a verdant, lonely locale when listening to the music of East Village-based songwriter Trafton, and new single “Gone” is his coldest, most distant destination yet. Damper-pedaled pianos and an at times whispering falsetto endow this recent offering with visions of wintery woods, a more key-friendly take on the isolation familiar to fans of Bon Iver or Thoreau’s Walden. Within this distance established between Trafton and the listener, however, is a separate, more intrinsic loneliness, the product of a separation between the artist and their now-gone ex-love, as well as a desire to return; Trafton’s parting words implore the individual to “come tell me I’m wrong, and please don’t be gone.” It’s a haunting track that will resonate with fans of folk and good songwriting during this cold December— listen below. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Annie Hart to release second solo album, plays Union Pool on 12/13

Dreamy, introspective songwriter Annie Hart releases her sophomore solo album “A Softer Offering” this month, two years after her “Impossible Accomplice” debut. Already known as an innovative film composer and founding member of Lynchian synth-faves Au Revoir Simone, Hart continues to expand her body of work with this latest release. Opting for a more spacious, minimal sound, first single and video (streaming below) “Wilderness Hill” centers around a steady low note pulse and stark electric piano chords. With self -directed video footage shot in the songtitle referencing area of Margate, England combined with hometown Rockaway Beach imagery, Annie's hushed vocals match this early morning contemplative mood. Follow-up single “Don't Breathe For Me” employs singular held keyboard pads, angular electronic percussion and deep-twang melodies behind a raw vocal recitation on the need to move on. The whole album is a cohesive work that emphasizes the spaces inbetween our hectic lives, where our own thoughts are encouraged to mingle with the artists creations. The album is out in full on 12/13 with a release show that night at Union Pool. - Dave Cromwell

   

Monogamy "Departure"

Monogamy recently released a split album with Ann Arbor’s SCLT via the local label Reserve Matinee.

This is the post-punk of Don Lyons, Sam Johnson and Toni "Tone Bone” Wang.

The band’s final track on the album is called “Departure” and is accompanied by the video below.

You can catch Monogamy at Nha Trang (1104 W Argyle St) on December 20th with Noxroy, DJ Bando, Chelsea Bridge, Forest Management, Faithful (DJ).

   

Weighted "A Better Place"

Weighted released their debut EP last month called “A Better Place”. Below is the video for the EP’s opening track, “Records”.

You can catch Weighted at Cobra Lounge on January 11th with Antighost, Stillwell, Pelafina, and Sugarpill.

   

Dusty Winds “I Got High With Santa Claus”

Alt-Country musician Dusty Winds has released a new Christmas single, “I Got High With Santa Claus” b/w “I’ll Call You This Christmas”.

Dusty Winds is the alter-ego of Cory Hance who has played in several bands over the last two decades including The Cells.