The Heart-On-Their-Sleeves Indie Folk Of You Won’t

Josh Arnoudse (left) and Raky Sastri of You Won't. (Shervin Lainez)
Josh Arnoudse (left) and Raky Sastri of You Won't. (Shervin Lainez)

“Skeptic Goodbye,” the full-length debut album that Cambridge duo You Won’t released in February, is an indie, folksy romp.

Josh Arnoudse (vocals, guitar) and Raky Sastri (drums, harmony vocal, keys, accordion, harmonica, harmonium, singing saw) met in high school in Lexington and formed the band in early 2011. Their sweet sound is founded on acoustic guitar and twinkling piano and Arnoudse’s heart-on-his-sleeve vocals about longing and loss.

“Set your gaze beyond me,” he sings on the title track. “I have tried/ Your woebegone way to abide/ Your hard-hearted ocean to cry/ Now we're too old for biding our time/ And I'm not waiting.”

At times, the music of You Won’t sounds like a more consistently infectious version of The Shins. At times, it sounds like sensitive guy, boozy country rock stomping. Then they get fuzzy and accordiony and electric. Check them out Friday, Dec. 7, when they play the Middle East Downstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, with Pearl and the Beard and Lucius.

This program aired on December 6, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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