This collection of tunes by songwriter Daniel Markham is definitely worth checking out. It’s pretty lo-fi, much more so than his recordings as One Wolf (and before that, the now-defunct alt-country band Waiting to Derail). Though these are presumably demos based on the title, I personally dig the scuzzy sound of these tracks, which are mostly fleshed out with drums, bass, and the occasional xylophone. Like his stuff in One Wolf, it’s mostly downbeat, REM-inflected stuff, songs about how love sucks but sometimes you meet cool people that help make life worthwhile. Some of the more spare moments stand out. “It’s All Downhill From Here” is heartfelt and lovely with just Markham’s voice and guitar, and “Across the Water” moves back and forth between an acoustic strum and a thick helping of sludge guitar. On the meditative closer “Dead Light” (which would make a pretty cool band name), he sings my favorite lyric here: “I don’t need anything I can’t see.” Wave away the shadows, even when it’s pitch dark and you can’t seem to find your way home. Markham’s vocals are deadpan, but satisfyingly so. He’s a good dude, I consider him a friend, and you should download this album. It’s available as a name-your-own-price download at the link above.