To the list of stellar pseudonymed solo songwriters who add up to more than the sum of their parts (Smog, Cat Power, the Mountain Goats), add Thom D'Arcy. Though the multi-member live version of his Ladies and Gentlemen project deservedly won the Galaxie Rising Star prize at this year's NXNE fest, Small Sins is D'Arcy on his lonesome. You'd never know it: cascades of falsetto harmonies punctuate his introspective and insanely catchy tracks, which marry New Order electro-pop to space-age soul and campily great Dr. Who spaceship noises. D'Arcy condenses entire romantic patterns into a few clever but dark lyrics that add bittersweet edge to the retro synths, addressed to an abstractly universal "you." Best of all, due to smart sequencing, his nicely arranged songs flow together in a perfect narrative.