It’s been 13 years since Nick Krgovich‘s first band, P:ano, released its debut, When It’s Dark and It’s Summer. Thirteen years of quietly releasing perfect pop tunes. Gorgeous girl-group throwbacks in the sort-of-star-studded collaborative project Gigi (Mirah, Owen Pallett and Ladyhawk’s Duffy Driediger count as stars, right?). Slinky, soul-influenced pop with No Kids. All of it criminally underappreciated.
Who Cares? isn’t likely a direct response to that lack of attention, but it may as well be. Melancholy, spare and unfailingly lovely, it’s a rare balance of Great American Songbook craftsmanship and real emotion. Lyrically, it’s full of self-doubt and second guesses. Musically, it couldn’t be more confident.
Krgovich clearly cares about his craft. You should, too.