One year. Thirty albums. Two sentences. An mp3.
Here are numbers 21-30 (in order from A to Z).
First Aid Kit – The Big Black & The Blue
Annoyingly precocious Swedish teenage sisters pen some surprisingly compelling, quirky folk music. We should all move to Sweden.
Lindsay Fuller – The Last Light I See
This Seattle artist has penned a stunningly dark, tortured and gorgeous album. Apologies to you and Lindsay for not giving this album its due on this site.
Futurebirds – Hampton’s Lullaby
Athens, Georgia-based self-described “psychedelic country” band. Reminiscent of earl(ier) My Morning Jacket — that’s a good thing.
Horse Feathers – Thistled Spring
More intricate, lovely indie folk from this Portland group. That is all.
John Mellencamp – No Better Than This
A late entry. I’ve never been a Mellencamp girl, but it’s great to see an older, established artist making music that sounds like the music that likely inspired him in the first place.
The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
Dreamy indie pop out of Sweden. These guys have floated on and off of my radar for a few years and this album, their 4th full-length, continues to be consistently agreeable.
Root Jack – In The Pines
Local roots-rock outfit does good. This album best heard live in a barn while drinking whiskey.
Strand of Oaks – Pope Killdragon
Absolutely gorgeous second outing from Timothy Showalter, singer-songwriter out of the Midwest. Pitchfork gave this album an 8.1, but don’t hold that against him.
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
Not as stellar as his debut, but more great stuff from this Swedish folkie. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SWEDISH PEOPLE ON THIS LIST?
Truckstop Darlin’ – Truckstop Darlin’
Debut album from local boys carrying the alt-country torch here in the Pacific Northwest. More coming on on these guys in January.