W H I T E L I F E
No matter what tangential musical concept project local musician and songwriter Jonathan Ehrens decides to pursue—speed pop Art Department, lo-fi Repelican—the result is always delightfully original and overwhelmingly catchy. The newest incarnation of the Ehrens-fronted band, White Life, a five-member ensemble that released its debut self-titled album with Ehse Records earlier this year, is easily the most infectiously appealing, with synthy, ’80s-inspired dance jams, saxophone solos, and the added vocal stylings of Jonathan’s sister, Emily Ehrens. Heartfelt lyrics and elegantly structured tunes make for an album’s worth of instant hits, and the siblings’ natural stage presence turns their live performances into instant dance parties. In particular, “Time Is Wasting” and “I Want Love” scratch a nostalgic itch, feeling at first listen like you’ve always known them.
H A B I T A T
Habitat is a three piece ensemble comprised of Evan Cvitanovic (Drums), Andrew Landry (Guitar), and Jack Donovan (Guitar/Vocals). Originating in New Orleans, the band draws from a wide variety of influences, most notably Claude Debussy, Green Arrows, and the Beach Boys. Habitat’s music is rooted in Western Classical and American jazz traditions and filtered through the lens of 20th century pop.