If youâ€™ll afford me a moment of cheerful codgerism: There was a time when you got a self-recorded release and you could tell. The guitar was flat and muffled. The vocals sounded like they were filtered through cellophane. There was no such thing as â€œlayeringâ€ â€“ you could barely get in what you needed on the four tracks you had to work with. Thereâ€™s still plenty of room for such DIY ethics. But thank goodness for ever-improving technology too, because now songwriters like Evan Duby can create tracks that are appropriately multidimensional. The strings on â€œWordsâ€ bathe Dubyâ€™s soft vocals in warmth. â€œSeparate Waysâ€ and â€œPaleâ€ surround themselves in the subtle ambience of an old-style organ, so that theyâ€™re acoustic with a little something extra. And his cover of Springsteenâ€™s â€œState Trooperâ€ has a sublime sonic kick. Of course, the best equipment in the world canâ€™t hide something that was never meant to sound good. Fortunately, Evan Duby has nothing to hide.