City Paper is not for tourists
Indie-pop artist Mat Cothran, who records as Elvis Depressedly (and also as Coma Cinema when he’s feeling cleaner and folkier), has always made music that walks the fine line between devilishly funny and achingly sad. “If there’s a cool spot in hell/I hope you get it,” he sings on “Weird Honey” from last year’s album Holo Pleasures, his voice quivery but stoic in the swirling, lo-fi landscape. However, thanks to a vast online fan base and a recently announced contract with famed emo label Run For Cover, things are looking up for Cothran, and our first peek at the latest Elvis Depressedly record New Alhambra—the sleepy, string-laden “No More Sad Songs (N.M.S.S.)”—seems to suggest that he and the band believe it too. “No more sad songs/No pain, no separation,” he coos, his delivery echoing “Weird Honey,” but without the irony or self-depreciation. Cothran may still find true happiness unattainable, but it seems, at least for the time being, that he’s discovered his “cool” spot in the hot, hellish world of music. Elvis Depressedly performs with Told Slant at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com.