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Flexing his posterior backward like a dancing David Bowie fresh out of shrinkwrap, Aaron Maine betrayed no sweat on his second evening of New York shows. There were originally only two but a third was added, at Brooklyn’s new Elsewhere, when these had sold out. But the Brooklyn-based performer is popular outside the city too: four songs from Pool, his debut on Domino, have over a million streams on Spotify. Once an old school band in the lo-fi Bandcamp scene called PORCHES., opening for Rozwell Kid and once counting Frankie Cosmos among its members, Maine has turned the name into an exploration of the space between Michael Angelakos’s emo operatics inside the decade-long beat of “Electric Feel.”

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People like this and so does Maine. He performs his popular indie anthems with dramaturgical enthusiasm. After he turns around, he picks up a guitar and begins swinging around the small stage. This kind of theatric flair recalls an evening seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. In the midst of some songs, he slaps himself furiously and appears gripped by anguish. The music he makes is about intense and soaring reveries found inside ordinary moments. On his popular song “Car,” which he performs that night drenched in delicate autotune, taking his automobile to a car wash evokes introspection: “Oh what a machine/ If I let it soak/will it become clean?”

The House is out now on Domino.

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