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Goldenboyâ€™s lush and warm but melancholic indie-pop has been a work in progress ever since singer-guitarist Shon Sullivan embarked on the project while playing in Elliott Smithâ€™s band over a decade ago. Through four albums, Sullivan and percussionist Bryan Bos (now joined in the quartet by Nicole Verhamme and Katy Stone) have put the rock in soft-rock, the frontmanâ€™s plaintive delivery often belying the emotional weight of his songs about love and loss. Goldenboyâ€™s latest album â€œThe New Familiarâ€ (due Nov. 20 on Eeenie Meenie Records) is a beautifully orchestrated collection that will feel good to fans of bands such as Eels (with whom Sullivan also played) and Earlimart. The new album comes a month after the 10th-anniversary vinyl reissue of Goldenboyâ€™s debut, â€œBlue Swan Orchestra,â€ remastered with bonus tracks. That 2002 album features Smithâ€™s vocals on the song â€œSummertime,â€ a song Sullivan wrote while on tour with the late songwriter. – Kevin Bronson