“Greenville, WA” by Brite Lines

A gorgeous slice of modern folk from an up-and-coming Seattle band

We don’t mean to belittle the suffering of Brite Lines lead singer Zachary Gore, but if all of his breakups lead to albums like When We Arrive, maybe he should go through a few more. His band’s upcoming debut full-length revolves around stories of that all-too-grown-up feeling of losing someone special, and lead-off single “Greenville, WA,” which we’re premiering exclusively for City Arts readers today, strikes a balance between modern folk titans M. Ward and the Cave Singers. The song’s sad story is all the easier to swallow thanks to delicate acoustic strumming, waves of guitar and Gore’s reverb-drenched lament through clenched teeth: “Somehow it’s starting to make sense / that all your stories lacked an end.”

Brite Lines releases When We Arrive on May 19 and celeabrates with a show at the Crocodile May 16