Romantic States

Baltimore, MD

RomanticStates

Since forming in 2010, austere indie rock duo Romantic States—guitarist Jim Triplett and drummer Ilenia Madelaire, from Baltimore—has quickly released five albums while opening for the likes of Beach House and Snail Mail. Last year’s ’90s throwback Corduroy In Italy might be its best, with charred guitars, measured tempos, and ricocheting dynamics becoming the backdrop for lyrics that exude apprehension. Madelaire enunciates every tense, whispered word of “Part Lemon.” Triplett, meanwhile, expresses anxious resignation on the Pixies-esque “In My Arms,” which combines introspective worry with glimmers of hope: “I love your dog, and my cat is the best.”