Artist: Darynyck Song: "New Years Day 2004"

Darynyck is throwing a second release party for their album The Sasquatch Sessions tonight at the Scarlet & Grey Cafe, a year after the album first dropped. Read all about it in this week's Locals Only feature; while doing so, stream "New Years Day 2004," an extra track they tacked on to the second disc of their vault-clearing double CD.

Musically, the song's somewhere between early Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel, a wistful folk tune colored by harmonica (or is that accordion?), a confident melody and lyrics about longing for somebody far away. Whether that chasm is geographical or emotional in nature isn't stated, but either way this is a fine little ditty that reminds us, like Bono did (with slightly higher stakes) back in 1983, that a new year isn't always cause for renewed optimism.

Also appearing tonight: Like Giants (an offshoot of The Hot Damn), Alert New London and Josh Fitzwater & the Shambles.