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Download: The Sweater Set’s “Downstream”

In this week's Washington City Paper (not yet online!), Steve Kolowich talks to local folk duo The Sweater Set about its new album Goldmine, whose song "Downstream" he admires quite a bit. The band, currently artists-residence at Strathmore, has a record release show at the Montgomery County arts center tonight, which is why it's important that you read this excerpt now, and listen to this song immediately after. Steve-o writes:

[Sweater set member Maureen] Andary wrote the first verse about a man. But “Downstream” is not a break-up song, she says; it’s about making peace with one’s limited ability to course-correct. “Wearing armor so tight/scrape against what you think is right,” she quotes from elsewhere in the song. “That’s about having expectations, assumptions about who you should be, how others should be...Wearing a shell, being guarded, bumping up against your own reservations, withholdings, being at odds with yourself—that’s all kinda in there,” she says.

The show takes place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Strathmore Mansion, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. $12.

LISTEN: The Sweater Set – "Downstream"

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Bonus! Andary recently played some music on City Paper's roof:

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