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Frank Cervantes | photo courtesy of the artist

Moorestown, New Jersey’s Frank Cervantes has emerged out of a busy winter with a new EP, Lost Country. It’s seven songs of mellow, pensive indie rock. Cervantes uses this music as a vehicle to vocalize his internal battles with such things as teenage romance nostalgia, night terrors, bad relationships, and getting older.

Cervantes has enjoyed generous exposure in many forms in the Philly music scene: as a solo act, with his band The Once Was, and The City Music Project, a collaboration with DJ Golden Spiral. Now, building off the momentum of two successful albums Forgotten Summerand Terror of the Heart,Lost Country finds Cervantes venturing into more dreamy and rooted territory.

Opener “Drive Into the Sun” slides by like a sunset. “My Story” features gorgeous vocals from Brooke Dicaro, while a beating-heart bassline throbs in the background with keyboard swells. “Ball and Chain” sounds like a punkier Vance Joy, with weeping electric guitar bordering a shining acoustic melody. It’s quite obvious that Cervantes hasn’t forgotten about what summer feels like.

It’s title track “Lost Country” and “FRIEND” that really stand out.. “Lost Country” is a mountaintop getaway jam a la Fleet Foxes, with the added oomph of slide guitar. “FRIEND” has a beat that will instantly sway your hips, and features harmonica that will make you long for a bonfire with some buds.

To celebrate the official EP release on June 19, Cervantes will be headlining a show that night at Milkboy. He’ll be supported by Nik Greeley, The Captain The Pilot The Driver, and Brooke Dicaro. Go here for tickets and more information.

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