Local EP: Edmond Dantes, ‘Etta,’ 3 out of 4 stars

The freshest sound to hit Boise’s music scene so far in 2013 comes from a couple of music teachers who understand that old can be new — especially if you do it well, and nobody else does it quite this way at all.

Local duo Edmond Dantes — aka Boise Rock School faculty Andrew Stensaas and Ryan Peck — uncork sassy-soulful vocals, swaggering ’80s synths and lip-curling, laid-back bass lines.

The standout tracks among these five dance-floor winners “Are I Don’t Like  You” and “No Good So Good.” Both showcase Stensaas’ cocky-cat vocals and Edmond Dantes’ gift for layering shimmering atmosphere atop delicious grooves. The former finds a way to work trumpet into the mix. The latter is somehow both cool and hot — smoldering like Dantes’ inferno.

Check out the band Feb. 23 at the Linen Building in Boise.

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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