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Just one year ago the band’s demise seemed inevitable during a show during the CBGB Festival in Times Square, shortly after it was announced that Robbie Guertin was leaving the band along with twin brothers Lee and Tyler Sargent. That left vocalist Alec Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhaulgh (also a multi-instrumentalist and music producer) to either pick up the pieces or continue their solo projects, as dabbled in over the years since the band began.
Houston outfit Drowner has a knack for using contrast to amp up the drama of its neo-shoegaze compositions. A prime example of Drowner’s savvy play of textures, “Stay with Me” is at once slow-burning and explosive, as muscular, steadily building guitars and Anna Bouchard’s ethereal vocals play off of a driving rhythm section. PopMatters is premiering “Stay with Me”, which comes from Drowner’s upcoming full-length You’re Beautiful, I Forgive You, out on 13 August via Saint Marie Records.