PMR + 1

PMR stands for "poor man's record," which is this Brooklyn quartet's preferred name for a way-too-short album.

PMR stands for "poor man's record," which is this Brooklyn quartet's preferred name for a way-too-short album. The Damnwells' indie spirit is all over this disc: Low-key yet fervent acoustic-pop musings on life and relationships resonate with rueful, hard-won wisdom. Vocalist Alex Dezen packs much emotional depth in his delivery—so much so he deftly coaxes a real lump-in-the-throat listening experience. This is especially apparent in the Damnwells' stunner of a third track, "Sleepsinging," in which the singer addresses a neglectful and probably soon-to-be (if not already) ex-lover. By the time he rasps, "Some day you're gonna wish you'd taken better care of me," you might need to remind yourself to breathe again.—MM

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