Two parts of the local rock trio Buttercup, Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes's side project Demitasse lends itself to more somber sounding tracks. Especially on "Comfy Coffins," it's easy to picture walking through town on a chilly afternoon
with nothing to do, but notice the changing colors of the trees. Well, maybe not in Texas, but a San Antonian can dream, right?
One of the many things to appreciate about Girl in a Coma's Nina Diaz is her ability to really translate the emotion of her songs in her voice. Which seems like such an obvious thing to say but, especially on "January 9th" you can almost hear Diaz clenching her teeth as she earnestly belts out the lyrics on this somber but earnest song. This is perfect song to get in your feelings while snuggled up with a bottle of wine.
"Cry a Little"
Country music has this way of wrapping up seriously sad subject matter in happy, carefree overtones that gives you permission to be sad. Bret Mullins' "Cry a Little" does just that. And while the singer-songwriter's aesthetic is definitely classic country, Mullins manages to mix in enough pop to reach audiences beyond the genre. So grab a box of tissues and let your sadness keep you warm.