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Indie Pop/Rock Top 10
The Early Years - II
Virginia Wing - Forward Constant Motion (and Rhonda EP)
Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation - Mirage
Lake Ruth - Actual Entity
Emma Ruth Rundle - Marked For Death
Wolf People - Ruins
Lola Colt - Twist Through The Fire
Oskar's Drum - A Cathedral of Hands
Richmond Fontaine - You Can't Go Back ...
Exploded View - Exploded View

EPs that would probably be in top 10 if full length
Califone - Insect Courage
Melanie De Biasio - Blackened Cities

I think some of you would love The Early Years record, kind of a mix of New Order and Brian Eno at times, with some nice kosmische elements, some shoegaze/dream pop, post-punk/post-rock, just really well put together and a pretty great batch of songs, same with Josefin Ohrn, they really harken back to the golden motoriffic days of bands like Can and Neu! and Cluster and the rest, great stuff.

The Oskar's Drum album was a big surprise too. It's a collaboration between Patrick Fitzgerald (Kitchens Of Distinction, Stephen Hero) and Yves Altana (Wonky Alice, Invincible), so does have some of that early 90s British dream pop/indie rock sound. No vinyl, just bandcamp download or CD at this point.

And for fans of Broadcast and the late Trish Keenan, the Lake Ruth album is great! I got the vinyl, but came with a 24/96 bandcamp download too, and really sounds pretty nice, kind of 60s vintage experimental baroque pop, but brought into the modern world, like with Broadcast and Stereolab and Pram and some others that dabble in that sound. Very good record.

Some of you would probably really like the Lola Colt record too, they're a relatively new UK band that mix some 60s psych by bands like the Jefferson Airplane and the Doors, with 80s post-punk like Siouxsie & the Banshees and Echo & the Bunnymen, pretty cool mix, strong female singer, and the lead guitar guy is good too.

And I love the Virginia Wing record, very interesting electro-pop, sometimes harkens back to Laurie Anderson, so many amazing moments strewn about throughout that it is hard to take it all in, at times it almost seems too weird, but then all those thoughts fade away as it morphs into something truly beautiful. Cool record, but not for everyone :)

If you don't know of Melanie De Biasio, she's got a great voice and makes some pretty amazing music, this new EP is just one 24 minute song, but it keeps up a nice groove the whole time, and never stays the same for long. Kind of a modern jazz sound, and some really good players.

The new Wovenhand Star Treatment is a good one too, rocks with abandon, one of the few artists in Americana that does anymore, and while the last couple records were pretty smashed sound-wise, the time spent at Steve Albini's studio on this one seems to have made him a bit more respectful to our ears. This one has a DR9 on the CD, still sounds kind of loud and overdriven at times, but that's just when the loud guitars take over, afterall it is still what we like to call hard rock, though in this case kind of an uneasy mixture of doom metal and Americana. You can still hear other details during those loud times, but there is a lot of fuzz. It's got a very strong Native American sound interwoven throughout, maybe his heaviest and most experimental record yet. Still love Blush Music the most from his Wovenhand days, each record is like a different chapter in the story of David Eugene Edwards, and it's fun to follow each one, he's an amazing artist.

And for shoegaze fans, one of my favorites at the moment is the French band Dead Horse One. The debut record Without Love We Perish was produced by Mark Gardener of Ride, and got a limited release in 2014, then a more general release in 2015. They also had a new one in 2016 called Season Of Mist, but I think it is getting a bigger release next month. Anyway, love that psychedelic shoegaze sound, and it's fun to have so many bands all over the world continuing to explore the music and add their own touches. Below is the debut ...


Favorite Albums of 2016

Edits: 01/08/17 01/08/17 01/08/17

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