PATRICK JENNINGS: Careful Now: CS

Patrick Jennings is a Bloomington-based musician best known for playing in Hot New Mexicans and Purple 7. Here, he’s offering up eight songs of ramshackle, lo-fi acoustic pop. The arrangements are simple, with perfect additions, like the mariachi horns at the end of the first song. Patrick’s songwriting quiets down well, highlighting his strong pop sensibility and cranking up the wistfulness until it’s just right. When I saw Purple 7 a couple summers ago, I told a friend, “This band makes me wish I had a car, so I could listen to them while I wash it.” Well, this cassette makes me wish I lived in a college town, so I could walk around the empty campus on summer nights with this on my headphones. –Chris Terry (Let’s Pretend)