His spare arrangements use pedal steel and country-rock harmonies worthy of the Eagles at their most antiseptic, but Don Gallardo performs the neat trick of constructing easygoing music that comes by its irony naturally. A native of Fairfax, Calif., Gallardo did time in Los Angeles before moving to Nashville four years ago. He's a careful singer who writes intelligently about the boredom and charm of small-town life — his 2008 EP Regards to the Season peaked with "Anytown, USA," which undercut detachment with affection. Such tunes as "Home" and "Tennessee Skyline" sported tough guitar licks, woozy hooks and offhand lyrics. "We'd be just ghosts floating by / In the key of C," he sang in "Take Me Home." His new full-length When the Daylight Whispers Darling ... is his strongest effort yet: country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context.