The debut album from this Portland-based indie-folk quintet is something of a battlefield–climbing the impossible mountain versus sleeping in a valley, lying next to a lover instead of cutting all ties, and buckling under the weight of emotional entropy rather than holding oneself together. Musically, the songs echo this tug-of-war, with lines like “The same waves that make you right will make you decay” set against haunting organs, softened drums, and minor guitar chords that spin in 10 directions at once, yet still seem understated. Perhaps the most moving element of Cove is the way vocalist Aaron Gerber sings about these issues in an almost monotone voice, suggesting a resignation to the struggles at hand.