The singer and songwriter Adam Baldwin has been playing guitar in Matt Mays’ band since 2008, but after a debut EP that offered a taste of his abilities, he has come into his own on No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five). The title is a concept, as Baldwin imagines New York City in 1985, while the city was still in transition from the downtrodden 1970s and at the height of yuppie madness. In “Not Telling When,” Baldwin suggests we haven’t come very far. That’s a recurrent theme on the record—broken dreams, political strife, and systemic failure. With his warm, sincere voice, Baldwin offers up insights that may lean dark and dreary, but are delivered with pop precision and propulsive energy.