Matt Pond PA may not have the same hype surrounding them that peers like Vampire Weekend do, but when it comes to sweetly satisfying indie rock, it’s hard to top Pond’s unique brand of heartbreak. Their eighth album doesn’t disappoint; from orchestral-tinged ballads such as “Running Wild” to ambient excursions like “Winter Fawn,” the album sees Pond evoking everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to Bon Iver (without copping too much from either artist). Those comparisons noted, it’s pretty clear The Dark Leaves isn’t ideal for a house party. But if you’re in the mood to wallow in your own sorrows, we can’t recommend a better soundtrack for suffering.

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