Top 5 Albums of the year…so far

Well I had hoped to get this out into the world last week, but like always I am a bit slow on the writing lately. BUT never fear, as has become my tradition here are my favorite albums of the year so far:

Jeremy Messersmith - Heart Murmurs

Whether it’s love or heartbreak, Jeremy Messersmith crafts gorgeous indie pop songs that grab you immediately but also reward deeper listening as well. With this album, his songwriting seems more confident than ever. Recommended songs: Ghost & Tourniquet

Beck - Morning Phase

I’ve never been much of a Beck fan but Sea Change is the one album that I have always loved and constantly return to so I was a bit concerned with all the build up surrounding this album. I shouldn’t have worried though as this is another incredible album. It isn’t the masterpiece that Sea Change was but this is a moving, absorbing album.

Recommended song: Waking Light & Turn Away

SZA - Z

I’m not even sure how I came to hear this album, but I was hooked immediately, and that was even before I heard the ‘crossover’ single Julia which is a perfect slice of electro pop. The best description I have seen of this album is syrupy as it takes the electro drenched sound of R&B that has been growing in the past few years and imagines it through a valium haze. She definitely has room to grow but this is a great debut album.

Recommended songs: Julia & Green Mile

Kelis - Food

At the opposite end of the R&B spectrum, both sound and career-wise, is the latest album from Kelis. Honestly I didn’t expect to get another album from her and definitely not one this good. Her last two albums were disappointing to say the least but this is great change of pace. More organic than most of her catalog, I can only hope this album points to the future for her music.

Recommended songs: Friday Fish Fry & Breakfast

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

This album took me a while to warm up to, but it’s become the new album that I’ve returned to the most in the last couple months. Hazy and vaguely psychedelic, the songs never meander. Instead they feel like taking the long way home to think or clear out the cobwebs. I know I’ll keep returning to this album over and over. Recommended songs: Red Eyes & An Ocean In Between The Waves

Some of my favorite songs of the year so far

While I finish up writing about my top 5 albums of the year so far, I thought I would share 5 songs that I’ve been loving that aren’t on that list.

Banks - This is What It Feels Like

La Roux - Let Me Down Gently

Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Nikki Lane - All or Nothin’

Flowdan - Ambush

La Roux - Let Me Down Gently

looking forward to the new album

Dérobé Dance Band - Akoko Ba

Black Market Brass plays “Heaven”, by Ebo Taylor

Neneh Cherry - Dossier

Whoa

Nikki Lane - All or Nothin’

Really liking the whole album

Absolute fire.

now I need to unpack the entire album.

Goldfrapp - Ooh La La

still love this song so much, and such a great video.

Boz Scaggs - Lowdown (Live on SNL 1976)