In this week’s Washington City Paper (not yet online!), Steve Kolowich talks to local folk duo The Sweater Set about its new album Goldmine, whose song “Downstream” he admires quite a bit. The band, currently artists-residence at Strathmore, has a record release show at the Montgomery County arts center tonight, which is why it’s important that you read this excerpt now, and listen to this song immediately after. Steve-o writes:

[Sweater set member Maureen] Andary wrote the first verse about a man. But “Downstream” is not a break-up song, she says; it’s about making peace with one’s limited ability to course-correct. “Wearing armor so tight/scrape against what you think is right,” she quotes from elsewhere in the song. “That’s about having expectations, assumptions about who you should be, how others should be…Wearing a shell, being guarded, bumping up against your own reservations, withholdings, being at odds with yourself—that’s all kinda in there,” she says.

The show takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Strathmore Mansion, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. $12.

LISTEN: The Sweater Set – “Downstream”

[audio:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/files/2011/04/08-Downstream.mp3]

Bonus! Andary recently played some music on City Paper‘s roof: