DC’s Maryjo Mattea has one more single to release from her upcoming EP The Other Side, and Hometown Sounds jumped at the chance to premiere it for you. Just like you’d expect from the detailed cover art, “Candlelight and Roses” is dark, cynical and yet still sweetly adorable. “The last thing the world needs is another tortured love song” Mattea croons, before cueing in pounding drums, jangly guitar and crisp hand claps. From her early days in the duo Two Dragons and a Cheetah, Mattea’s songs have always been driven by vocals, lyrics and songwriting. Stretching her horizons as an in-demand member of dance-rock band Color Palette, synthpop diva Loi Loi, and grungy Endless Winter has sharpened her chops and improved the songs she delivers under her own name. “Candlelight and Roses” is a polished throwback pop song with Mattea’s harsh take on the reality of modern romance. We think the full EP is going to be an essential feature in music lovers’ Bandcamp collections and Spotify playlists.