The Republic of Wolves made some noise around these parts with the 2010 release of Varuna, a weighted, introspective record that came served with some Devil and God-esque leanings and captured much of our attention during the winter of that year. Now the band is following up that LP with their sophomore full-length, No Matter How Narrow, on Dec. 17, and they've said the self-produced record is more concise, more accessible and more light-hearted than its predecessor. If the album's leadoff single, "Spare Key" – which you can listen to exclusively in the replies – is any indication, that description is spot on. There are still remnants of The Dear Hunter here, but "Spare Key" is purely easy to listen to; it's got strands of Manchester Orchestra's Simple Math sound in the melodies and you can hear a little Listen and Forgive-era Transit in Mason Maggio's vocal performance. If you dig the tune, be sure to keep an eye out for preorder information soon.