Some poppy lightly psych stuff from the Yellowbirds frontman. Finds some grooves and doesn't dissapoint.
Best of 2015: 100-91
-100: Sam Cohen- Cool It
-99: Destroyer- Poison Season
I still haven't found my way into Dan Bejar's voice. No denying this is some master songwriting, but it occupies a mood I still haven't unlocked. Worth a listen.
-98: Ghost Culture- Ghost Culture
A bit "house"y at times, but there are hooks too. Reminds me of a more electronic Real Tuesday Weld.
-97: Punch Brothers- The Phosphorescent Blues
It's not as classically tinged as my least favorite of theirs but not as bluegrass as my favorite. It is mellow and always interesting.
-96: Cavanaugh- Time & Materials
Side project of art-rap wizards Open Mike Eagle and Serenghetti. It grooves without being dancable, and is off kilter without being abrasive.
-95: Daniel Bachman- River
Solo guitar picking reminiscent of William Tyler but a little rougher around the edges (and more traditional at the same time).
-94: Elvis Perkins- I, Aubade
Not going to be a surprise if you've listened to his other work- quirky, surprising folk that is honest and fun at the same time.
-93: Scallops Hotel- Plain Speaking
More stuff from Milo- sparse philosophical spoken word hip hop, a little less forced than previous efforts and more spacey.
-92: Beach House- Thank Your Lucky Stars
The more grounded of the two Beach House releases this year- I still don't find enough substance to listen to it frequently but when you want chill synth this is as good as it gets.
-91: Beirut- No No No
Every bit as pleasant as expected with their track record. Missing emotional hooks for me, but you can do a lot worse.