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Straight White Teeth


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    Empty Houses
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    The Night Washes Its Face
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    Hot Blood Shaking in a Cage
Illustrations by Ella Trujillo
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On Costilla, the forthcoming album from Straight White Teeth, musician and writer Patrick McGuire exchanges sardonic synth-laden indie pop for sincere acoustic guitars and lush layered vocals to build affecting songs that are shaped by the comfort of nostalgia as much as they are by modern dread. With an unapologetic penchant for the pensive folk music of Nick Drake and Elliott Smith, McGuire croons about performing in front of empty rooms in the midwest with a former band, suffering through a serious bike accident in Philadelphia, and criss-crossing North America in search for a home with his partner and collaborator, illustrator Ella Trujillo. Costilla, which derives its name from the rural New Mexican community where McGuire and Trujillo settled, was born out of the pursuit for agency and connection in a world filled with increasing malice and peril.
Featuring new interpretations of previously released songs like “Flowering” and “The Night Washes Its Face” along with new tracks, Costilla weaves together a disparate array of sounds and stories into a singular earnest musical statement marked by its startling intimacy and bucolic, windswept grandeur.


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