Life would be a lot worse if there were no girlfriends. And while they might not enjoy the grace of Fernando Cabrera's slider or the majesty of the Bugatti Veyron's W16 engine, they're only human, and they need their own music -- woozy, melancholic music that envelops them like a soft, expensive sweater.
Enter Los Angeles' Hrishikesh Hirway, who records dreamy bedroom electronica as the One AM Radio. With cutesy folk guitars that are arranged like teddy bears on a bedspread, Hirway sings regretful lyrics about lost loves. His recordings mine a 21st-century gray area between digital music and dippy singer-songwriter, so he's neither suburban nor urban. But he is friendly -- friendly enough, in fact, to have left his mark on a Pontiac commercial last year.
Hirway is touring in support of the Dangerbird-released This Too Will Pass, his third full-length album. The disc is not quite lush, because lush albums have swathes of darkness, like a well-aged whiskey. But it is sensitive. Your girlfriend will like you a lot if you take her to see the One AM Radio.