Check into the Western States Motel

Writing, producing, and recording under the name the Western States Motel, California native Carl Jordan’s work is the musical equivalent of that mint on your pillow at the end of the night: low-key, unexpected, and sweet. Mixing shimmery summer sounds with unlikely introspection, Jordan’s songs call to mind the smooth sounds of bands like the Shins and Grandaddy. The mellow “Rows of Homes” trots along effortlessly, the poppy instrumentals a perfect foil to Jordan’s Stephin Merritt-esque deadpan. The Western States Motel’s eponymous debut is available now on iTunes, care of Firebird Field Recordings. BRIANA MOWREY

Now Hear This:
The Western States Motel – “Rows of Homes” DOWNLOAD MP3

On the Web:
The Western States Motel at MySpace
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