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Gentle Spirit is the creation of San Francisco songwriter Marcus Stoesz previously from the influential Kansas band Paper Airplanes. This new project is a brave step into uncharted territory for Stoesz. Where before he built orchestral homages ­ this new material is self-­reflective, wandering, honest and raw.

Continuing in the same vein as the recently release self-titled debut, "Dearest" EP exposes the same raw nerve through the lens of Stoesz's confessional lyricism and tender arrangements. The result is a compelling and dynamic listen deeply rooted in the tenets of Nineties and Aughts indie rock. Imagine a less gruff Eels or a more emotive "Terror Twilight".