(Chop Suey) I wonder how many albums, by how many different artists, have been recorded in our big green womb of rainy wilderness—in tiny damp cabins scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest. Case Studies' latest record, This Is Another Life, released in June on Brooklyn label Sacred Bones, was born in a tiny rental cabin (with no running water or plumbing) in Sequim, Washington. The folk-rock LP combines warm and hopeful instrumental sounds with the beautifully gloomy lyrics of former Duke (of Dutchess and the Duke) Jesse Lortz. He channels some of the majestic sadness that one sometimes feels while living in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, not unlike a fellow named Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith once did, after living for some time in Portland, Oregon. With Widowspeak and Pure Bathing Culture.