13 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Something for Kate frontman Paul Dempsey played every instrument on his 2009 solo debut, including the steel guitar twanging through several songs. But it’s actually not so far removed from his beloved trio: quieter, sure, but his wintry melancholy and vivid imagery are perfectly intact. In fact, the absence of bandmates lets Dempsey’s lyrics cut more deeply than ever. “Ramona Was a Waitress” compacts frayed catharsis into hummable indie pop, while “Bats” bridges the divide between woozy lullaby and angst-driven statement of purpose.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Something for Kate frontman Paul Dempsey played every instrument on his 2009 solo debut, including the steel guitar twanging through several songs. But it’s actually not so far removed from his beloved trio: quieter, sure, but his wintry melancholy and vivid imagery are perfectly intact. In fact, the absence of bandmates lets Dempsey’s lyrics cut more deeply than ever. “Ramona Was a Waitress” compacts frayed catharsis into hummable indie pop, while “Bats” bridges the divide between woozy lullaby and angst-driven statement of purpose.

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