American Soft, the latest from Florida singer-songwriter Chris Staples, lives up to its title, building around muted, lovely folk numbers as delicate and easily bruised as a just-ripe peach.

American Soft, the latest from Florida singer-songwriter Chris Staples, lives up to its title, building around muted, lovely folk numbers as delicate and easily bruised as a just-ripe peach.

Opener "Walking with a Stranger" sets the tone, layering double-ply-soft drums, barely brushed acoustic strumming and Staples' don't-wake-the-baby vocals. Lyrically, in contrast, the songs carry significant weight. "Gotta hold onto something if I can't hold onto you," the singer repeats mantra-like on one tune. Then there's "Dark Side of the Moon," a stunning, emotionally stirring number where a parent pledges their time and devotion to a child because "that's all [they] got to leave behind." It's like "The Giving Tree" set to music, and it leaves a significant dent even delivered at a whisper.

Lemolo opens the show.