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Catch the Buzz: Good Night, States

Bi-polar Pittsburgh quintet walk the line between organic and electronic, alternating between serious anthems and seriously silly pop gems.

Who? Like Ryan Adams singing for the Boy Least Likely To, Good Night, States marry singer-songwriter vocal stylings and confessional lyrics to near-twee tunes anchored by electronic blips, xylophone and the occasional drum machine. The Pittsburgh-based quintet sprinkle carefree handclaps and sunny male/female harmonies on a Wilco-indebted Americana foundation. But lead Statesman Steve Gretz can put on a straight face like on the brooding “Change of the Seasons” and even channels a bit of the Arcade Fire’s Win Butler on the more epic, but not quite calamitous “The Family Dark,” available below.

Their latest: The band released their debut album, entitled Short Films on Self-Control, earlier this year.

Recommended if you like… The New Pornographers, The Boy Least Likely To, Wilco

Now Hear This: Good Night, States “The Family Dark”(DOWNLOAD MP3)

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