If you’re not already familiar with the depressingly elegant songs of Demitasse, have you actually ever been sad before? Probably not. A side project of Buttercup’s Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes, Demitasse harnesses the somber tones of Elliott Smith while blending a mix of contemporary folk rock. The result sounds like the quieter songs on Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. While their debut album Blue Medicine certainly had a touch more poppier elements (don’t get me wrong that album was sad as fuck, too), their latest record, Powercouple, has tracks that show the level and depth of emotion articulated by few singer-songwriter projects we’ve heard come out of the Alamo City. Reyes and Sanden pull the listener through a “happier” melody before returning to a sad chord progression or riff. Seriously, this record has raised the bar. Powercouple drops a day before their album release show, and from what the duo have told us, the concert at the Tobin is going to be cray.