“I’ve never been lucky/I’ve never been ahead of the curve,” Paige Stark confesses on her new single “Depression Song.” “I must’ve done something if we all get what we deserve,” she continues achingly over her solemn piano chords and guest guitarist Jon Brion’s subtle embellishments. The local songwriter/producer revealed her pop potential last year with the release of “Albatross,” another track marked by restrained vocals overlaid with gently spacey atmosphere and a thoughtfully layered and lulling arrangement. “You’re my albatross/You’re the one I lost,” Stark laments over a soft wave of guitars. She first came to attention as singer of the duo Tashaki Miyaki, who released a quietly enthralling version of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones.” Stark is billed at McCabe’s with Joel Wesley Harding and Californios.
McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Sat., July 6, 8 p.m.; $18. (310) 828-4497, mccabes.com.