It's a bit surprising that Puddle Splasher hail from Brooklyn. Obviously, the New York borough has produced scores upon scores of talented artists, but when I hear the wide-open strums and relaxed delivery on new song 'The Drown,' I don't imagine traversing crowded sidewalks and checking which pocket has your MTA card while the bus driver grimaces.

Instead, I imagine countryside scenery, with an expansive front porch for jamming and plenty of open air for the songs to travel as far as possible. The self-described 'power trio' sound recalls the best of Wilco, with lead singer Andy Altadonna skillfully honoring Jeff Tweedy's flow and timbre. But don't think they're just kicking back without a care in the world. There's also a terrific sense of gallows humor that has a grim payoff in the final line. Self-deprecating without self-defeating, we can't wait to see what Puddle Splasher has in store for us.

Puddle Splasher's new album, The Blankest Blue, is out May 17. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp and catch their album release show on May 31 at Alphaville in Brooklyn, NY.