A pair of sad sacks with uncanny ears for melody and warmth
Meet the winners of this year’s All Other Band Names Suck contest: the boy-girl losercore duo Elvis Depressedly. Mathew Lee Cothran and Delaney Mills turn floor-hugging moods into lavish pop miniatures, evoking the Mountain Goats times the Left Banke. After a string of excellent low-fi releases, New Alhambra offers the North Carolina act’s sturdiest tunes yet. The manifesto is “N.M.S.S.,” where Cothran vows, “No more sad songs/I owe the world nothing.” But he’s always got a vicious sense of humor about how messed up he is — as in the two-minute “Rock & Roll,” where he proclaims, “Jesus died on the cross so I could quit my job.” Amen.