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Similar to: Nick Drake, Mark Kozelek, Ida, Low, The Shins
The New Tragedies are a husband-and-wife duo who flourish forth a series of touching downcast folk, the kind of straight-ahead indie-Americana given a push by such predecessors as Red House Painters, American Music Club, Ida, and Iron & Wine. Coming from the short-lived but acclaimed group The Paper Hearts, Aaron Weidner presents his melancholy songcraft in its purest form, sometimes with strings and pedal-steel blending in, others with just a guitar and wife Bev's parallel vocal harmonies. The duo's debut effort "VanityVanity" is admirably confident and assured, ten songs of sullen beauty sure to become a score down the line to a future independent feature. The New Tragedies may have a pessimistic name but there's a certain hope in these songs that's bound to draw you in without hesitation.