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I love looking back at a year and rediscovering the music that carried me and inspired me through the year. Here are some of the favorites.
ONE. The War on Drugs. A Deeper Understanding.
One of the best rock bands that currently exists is putting out really special work. When your record includes an 11-minute experience that seemingly transcends time and space, you know you have a winner.
There are so many amazing sounds on this record. I'm still blown away with the tones I hear in each listen.
TWO. John Mayer. The Search for Everything.
The consistent quality in the songs John Mayer has been putting out for so long now is incredibly impressive.
This collection is extremely solid and grows with each listen.
THREE (tied). Phoebe Bridgers. Stranger in the Alps.
This record came out of nowhere this year. The lyrics are poignant, and her voice is a strong whisper of delight.
Sonically, she breaks a lot of barriers of what a singer/songwriter should sound like and it's a treat for the listener.
THREE (tied). Ethan Gruska. Slowmotionary.
This is definitely my favorite collection of songs from a new artist. I had seen Ethan's name online, but I hadn't listened until I saw him open for Asgeir in the summer and his voice immediately won me over. (The exact song that did is featured in the video below.)
I went home that night and listened all the way through twice. It was so smooth and unique, and even cinematic.
FOUR. Feist. Pleasure.
Feist is always pushing the envelope and I really enjoyed what she did with this record. And while the songs are really cool, it is mainly her voice that I am obsessed with. I can't get enough.
FIVE. Fleet Foxes. Crack-Up.
The return from their 6-year hiatus was strong, and the live show accompanied it so well. Robin Pecknold's return to songwriting after his time at Columbia University and not being sure that he wanted to make music anymore really pushes the envleope in the best way. I am glad he decided that making music was worth it!
I especially enjoyed the Song Exploder episode with Robin talking about "Mearcstapa."
And in no particular order:
Honorable Mentions: Liza Anne, Vulfpeck, Joey Dosik, The Belonging, U2
Also of note:
As Blinksale continues, I am interested what David Heinemeier Hansson has to say as the founder of Ruby on Rails, the framework that Blinksale is built on. Tim Ferriss' podcast with DHH is a great way to get to know his work.
This documentary, "I Saw The Light," will be very interesting.
I get weary of tech products, but this Eclipse looks pretty sharp.
Joseph is killing it: