Jessica Flynn

Last month we tackled notions of emo modernity and male voice through the lens of a handful of up-and-coming acts. In that list were Philadelphia's Modern Baseball, a band who've shown real, linear maturation with every record they've released. They've progressed past the romantic relationship-obsessed tropes that limit the genre's growth and have instead decided to explore ideas of mental difference and grief head-on. The best (and bravest) example of this is found on their upcoming LP, Holy Ghost, out Friday, May 13 on Run for Cover Records.

The band have made the album available online for streaming—listen to it over at Bandcamp.

The first half of the record deals with the death of co-frontman Jake Ewald's grandfather. The second is penned by other singer Brendan Lukens, and attempts to confront an experience he had last year after seeking treatment during an especially bad bought of depression. The result is an album that is delicate in its heartbreak, culminating in the last track, "Just Another Face," a power pop-punk masterpiece that triumphs with the idea that all life is important, especially your own. Listen here. When you're done, take our quiz: How Emo Are You?