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Yesterday we told you about Sockets Records’ summer mixtape. Also out from Sockets this week is the long-awaited—and equally appropriate for the warm weather if the first track is any indication—seven-inch by America Hearts and Cotton Candy. The release, first announced last October, features America Hearts’ new track “White Socks.” Though Jess Matthews sings of having “a front row seat/to a world that’s falling apart”, her wry delivery and plucky rhythm guitar make for a beach-worthy track.
Arts Desk bonded with Matthews last year over a shared love of the Aislers Set when America Hearts released its Fond Regards EP (and played City Paper‘s snow-caked parking deck.) In the new material, Matthews is just as adept at broaching the limits of twee acceptability without slipping into painful cutsieness. A few well-timed shreds from Kristina Buddenhagen‘s guitar do the trick.
America Hearts plays tonight, 8:30 p.m., at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th Street NW. (202) 667-7960. $10. With Allo Darlin’ and Jonny Corndawg.