“Is What It Is”
From She Keeps Bees’ Eight Houses
Liner notes: Smokey and languid, Jessica Larrabee croons defiantly, “Be not completely consumed/Do not surrender,” on this hazy ballad, with kindred spirit Sharon Van Etten singing backup.
Behind the music: Larrabee fronted the Philadelphia band the English System before teaming with drummer Andy LaPlant to form the Brooklyn-based duo.
Check it out if you like: Moody chanteuses (Cat Power, Angel Olsen, PJ Harvey).