Last December, I did a post that I was very excited about doing – a post about music. I’d say I purchase quite a bit of it. Some I’ll listen to once or twice; but others I’ll have on repeat for weeks. The following is a listing of great albums I’ve purchased this year, complete with Amazon links and, if available, a YouTube link to one of my favorite tracks. The list is in no particular order.
This is a great new indie-pop band that just released their first album, the self-titled Hospitality. And I’d say they are off to a good start. The album is a nice collection of fun, catchy tunes. You’ll definitely dig this album if you’re into bands like Camera Obscura, Belle & Sebastian, etc. The track that stuck out to me was “The Birthday”.
It’s hard to describe Allo Darlin without sounding cheesy. Their songs are utterly infectious tales of love and happy times. I’m not exaggerating when I say this band will raise the spirits of all but the most jaded listener. Their second album expands and grows their sound, refining it while still being insanely fun and sweet. Your sample track is “The Letter”.
Bluegrass is simply one of my favorite forms of music. It’s hard to match the energy it can provide. There are many great bands out there today, but this album by the group Trampled By Turtles has provided me with many enjoyable listens. The whole thing is good, but your sample track is “Alone”.
Tennis is a bit of an oddity. It sounds like something straight out the 50’s and 60’s, but yet fresh. They are powered by the husband-wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. Alaina’s vocals are consistently strong and sweet, and the songs consist of great little pop tunes, all under 4 minutes long. Great summer listen. Sample song is “Origins”.
This is an awesome new folk/chamber pop band out of Iceland. They are already starting to get attention, and I honestly think they could be huge. Their songs are layered, catchy and often beautiful. My favorite is called “Sloom”:
Sara Watkins produces a nice blend of country, bluegrass, and indie pop. I couldn’t find it on YouTube but the song I keep coming back to is “Lock and Key”.
Ah, Regina. She’s settled into her own niche of super-quirky pop that her fans, myself included, can’t get enough of. He latest is another great collection of songs. It’s better than Far, not quite as good as Begin To Hope. Standout tracks include “How” and “Firewood” but the whole thing is worth a listen. Here is the aforementioned “How”:
Finally, a bit of indie rock. Okkervil River makes me think of Wilco with some My Morning Jacket. Very good stuff. Favorite tune is “Piratess”:
And that about does it. There’s plenty of other stuff out there that I’m sure I missed. Feel free to suggest things you think I’d like… I love to find new stuff!