The Hudson Branch, set to play Beat Kitchen on May 24, are a local band specializing in downcast, pretty pop rooted in both unassuming folk and an ambitious indie rock spirit. To date they have released just two EPs, including a set of originals and a collection of Christmas standards, both showing great promise in songwriting, performance and production. The debut EP's standout track, "Did They Really Care," proves the band have the chops to provide the perfect soundtrack to introspective, Winter days. The set of familiar Christmas tunes, called Music for Winter, manages to make overdone standards such as "White Christmas" and "Silent Night" sound fresh and charming. The music is polished and lush without being overblown, and singer Cobey Bienert's vocals have a pureness and subtelty that bring out the strengths of the material.
The Hudson Branch are currently in the studio preparing their debut full-length for imminent release, but in the meantime you can check out their EPs as free downloads and catch them live later this month at their Beat Kitchen show.