“Try Harder,” out via fledgling L.A. indie label Anxiety Blanket Records, is yet another ray of indie-pop sunshine and the first single off Cape Weather’s “Slow Dance.” Over a shimmering guitar and understated beats, Smith’s radiant vocals — reminiscent of a slightly less effervescent Harriet Wheeler — exude both wryness and grace as she advises her partner to do better. If one must be lectured, you want to hear it in a voice like hers.
||| Stream: “Try Harder”
||| Live: Cape Weather plays Gold-Diggers tonight, along with Small Forward and Pageants. Info.