Death Cab for Cutie, The Forbidden Love E.P. (Barsuk Records): Evoking the fallout from having one's heart broken, The Forbidden Love E.P. speaks to that age-old truth: experience earned comes at the price of innocence lost. The Seattle indie-rock quartet's five songs are richly layered, intensely touching and soothingly melancholy. Forbidden Love's dark, melodic sounds — low-key, infectious beats and droning vocals — swing and echo behind stories of love lost. Its songs typically start slow, then build to a heavy explosion of hard-hitting guitar. Check out "Song for Kelly Huckaby," a somber, passionate track featuring emotive violin; it feels like a mind-meld between The Cure and Built to Spill (a prominent influence throughout). — Jenny Tatone

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