Joel Michael Howard – “Pete And Mary” (Stereogum Premiere)

New York songwriter Joel Michael Howard has been releasing some superb melancholy guitar pop lately. “Pete And Mary,” from Howard’s upcoming full-length Love All Night, continues that streak. There’s a simple, powerful song at the core, built on Howard’s charismatic falsetto and some classic chord changes. But by the end it’s been expanded into an epic, buoyed by eerie strings, a steady bass hum, dramatic piano, and heavenly choral oohs and ahs. Imagine Destroyer covering something off the Shins’ Chutes Too Narrow and you’ll be in the ballpark. Hear “Pete And Mary” below.

Love All Night is out in early 2015 on EJRC. In the meantime, Howard will play the Brooklyn Bowl on 10/8.