THE NEW & VERY WELCOME – “House Fires Of The Modern Age (Redux)” (2016)

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“The New & Very Welcome, the Connecticut-based project of singer-songwriter Jess McDermott, recalls emo in its transitional 90s period, somewhere between the more elliptical drama of Mineral’s Endserenading and the minor-key rumination of Rooms Too Cold-era Early November. On House Fires Of The Modern Age, the new seven-song release from The New & Very Welcome, McDermott and collaborators Michael Buckland and Ryan Morton offer songs that expand out in patient tempos, atop which melodies are similarly stretched-out, syllables hanging in the middle distance. The record ranges from the surprisingly brisk “Greatest Hits” to album-highlight “Quit Saying ‘We’re Fucked’”, which offers a spindly haunted-ness reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate circa LP2.” – Half Cloth

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