If there’s a bright spot to losing Hartford roots-rock band Heirlooms, it’s that leader Jesse Stanford is keeping busy in a new role with Modern Merchant. The project of Brooklyn transplant John Parson, Modern Merchant plays catchy, laconic indie rock built around sturdy rhythms and Parson’s voice, which manages to be evocative and dry all at once.
Parson and drummer Sydney Weiss have¬†released a three-song live EP, and there was talk last year of a proper full-band recording (Stanford plays synths, occasional guitar and sings backing vocals, and Mike Skaggs plays bass), though Modern Merchant had sold out of, er, merch by the time their tour last fall came through Northampton. Not to worry: they’re back today with a new song, “Like-Minded,” which presumably comes from the group’s forthcoming album, “For the Fields.” Parson sings contemplatively on the song, which is pushed by a deep bassline and adorned with stabs of guitar, atmospheric keyboards and a stop-start rhythm.
The band performs an album release show Feb. 26 at Cafe Nine in New Haven with Caveman.