Even if you doubt love at first sight when it involves another human being, perhaps you can be swayed when it comes to music. It was love at first listen when an email arrived a few weeks ago about a band called Tiny Deaths.
Within said email was a link to one lone song. Headphones were donned, and a mouse click later a YouTube clip appeared for the song “Ocean.” The effect was immediate and arresting, leading to a deep dive into the band’s five-song EP on Spotify. It’s a synth-pop masterpiece. Singer Claire de Lune’s vocals are gush-inducing with an exquisite, expressive sound that you half expect to be disembodied from any mortal soul.
Set against big synths and drum beats, “Ocean” is destined to make it to my end-of-the-year favorite song list. “You had me just where you wanted me. But it was just where I wanted to be. And we can go slow …”
Hear for yourself:
The next phase of my Tiny Deaths fixation came courtesy of “The Words.” “Did the words come first or did I come first? I gotta know.” The remaining songs on the EP are just as mesmerizing, so here’s hoping the planets align for a full-length record sooner rather than later. Tiny Deaths, from Minneapolis, is essentially the duo of de Lune and Grant Cutler, though de Lune will be flying solo at the Portland show.
I, for one, can’t wait to see how the Tiny Deaths sound translates live. Expect a late night with two other acts on the bill, but also expect to leave with zero regrets.
Tiny Deaths with Sea Level and Bright Boy, 10 p.m. Thursday, Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, $8, 21-plus; portlandempire.com
MIRAH YOM TOV ZEITLYN has released more than a dozen solo and collaborations on Washington-based labels K Records and Kill Rock Stars, among others. Her latest album is last year’s “Changing Light.” After listening to the lovely “No Direction Home,” my curiosity was piqued. The song started almost dirge-like, with quiet horns soon joined Mirah’s beauteous voice, piano and percussion. “I used to walk through your room, cause you liked it in the light. My skin always felt just right. So you told me, I was the only.”
Maine folk quintet Plains will play as well, with a set that surely will include songs from its latest record, “Confirm Reservation.” Head here to hear the gentle, gorgeous “Forgetful(waves)”: apohadionrecords1.bandcamp.com. Electro-pop from Kid in the Attic will open the show.
Mirah with Plains and Kid in the Attic, 8 p.m. Saturday, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, all ages; space538.org
NOTHING GOES BETTER with Sicilian street food than ’90s R&B covers. I partook of both last Wednesday night. Think TLC and En Vogue and you’ll have an idea of the kind of jams that will be served up alongside hand slabs every Wednesday night all summer long. No Diggity is a supergroup that includes Kenya Hall, Kristina Kentigian, Megan Jo Wilson, Jamie Colpoys, Dan Capaldi, Chas Lester and Jay Caron. Wait until you hear Hall, Kentigian, Colpoys and Wilson sing. Not to mention Wilson’s righteous bass lines. Whoa nelly! These ladies – and fellas – are all about bringing back the best of the ’90s, and if the debut night of the series was any indication, this is a dance party that’s gonna grow in leaps and bounds.
No Diggity, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Slab, 25 Preble St., Portland, no cover; slabportland.com