Graig Markel Verses on Venus

Graig Markel, front man for Seattle-based emo scenesters New Sweet Breath, follows up the five-song November/December with this full-length effort. Markel wrote, performed and produced this entire affair, which runs the gamut from stripped down, ultra lo-fi pop ("Satellites on the Line," "All that Glitters") to soothing minimalist soul ("Coming up Roses," "Better Lost Than Gone," "You're You") to NSB-worthy emo gems ("What are You Waiting For?" "True Giveaway"). Markel is a songwriter with a wealth of talent and one gets the distinct impression that he's only just begun to scratch the surface with this record. (Mag Wheel)