With some Damien Rice in "I Don't Sleep" and a delicate classicism to "Like Lions Do," Saucier shows he can get quiet, too, and so doesn't rely too heavily on the full-throttle vocals that are his trademark.

It's remarkable, really, how different it all sounds from everything else he's been a part of, despite his vocals being so recognizable. Clearly, he had a sound rattling around in his head that he was eager to put his own stamp on. He's done so admirably, and we can only hope the live band he puts together to play these songs out bring it appropriately to life.

I Wrote a Letter | Released by Dustin Saucier | with Come Back Pluto + Taillons | at Slainte, in Portland | Sep 28 | dustinsaucier.bandcamp.com

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