He’s been a live force in both folk and rock circles around NYC for the past couple of years, but Luke Rathborne, at 23, has just released his first EP, and he’s gone and made it a double. It makes sense that his lush, sometimes even catchy Dog Years songs, written in Maine and prior to his move to Brooklyn, should be seen alongside his more recent, paired-down work. Title track “Dog Years” belies the singer/songwriter’s young age with lyrics that look back on the past with equal parts cynicism and reverie, warning us not to forget, complete with “sha la la da’s”, while “Pantomime Fear” takes on added Beatles-era warmth with horns and reverberating refrain. “I Can Be One”, which starts as a hushed, piano-based number that’s a highlight of any of Rathborne’s live sets, rolls its way into an epic ballad, words as proof that the songwriter is more than fit to reveal his most personal thoughts and fears. Among the disc’s other highlights: the gentle nuances of “Motor City”, with its melancholic notion that “these days are gone”, the Dylanesque ode to NYC, “You Let Me In”, always a showstopper, and the bare and bluesy “Solon Town”, in which Rathborne urges us to “take heed of the waters in the storm,” and gives his voice the freedom to belt. There’s no doubt the very gifted Rathborne will go far.  (Dilettante Recordings)