A spiritied banjo-focused set of americana that is impressive in a lot of ways and cohesive and worth your time.
Best of 2016: 50-41
-50: Nathan Bowles - Whole and Cloven
-49: Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love
This is a bizarre, out-of-left-field funk album that definitely took a few listens to come to terms with, but it is smooth despite being weird as hell.
-48: Hinds - Leave Me Alone
Caution-to-the-wind fun rock and roll out of Spain.
-47: Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered
While I truly do hate the name of this band, it kind of fits their explosive, sunny blasts of sound. Everything kind of blends together into a wall, but it makes it easy to get lost in.
-46: Kacy and Clayton - Strange Country
This is a twangy duo with songs that more often than not stay within the lines but the few times they don't really excel. Love the opening track.
-45: Mount Moriah - How To Dance
Cathartic, defiant country rock out of North Carolina. No duds on the album, but a few real standouts.
-44: Diiv - Is The Is Are
I used to find these guys too boring in their dreaminess, but this is focused and energetic, despite being very very long.
-43: Eluvium - False Readings On
Staticy looping electronica that remains somewhat organic and creates mood with purpose. This provided me with some clarity of mind this year.
-42: Wilco - Schmilco
A lot of people loved "Star Wars", but this is my favorite Wilco album in a long time. I think I just prefer the downtempo more than the fuzz- but this isn't dour downtempo, just mellow and comfortable.
-41: Omni - Deluxe
Post-punk that never gets too down. Best song about earrings this year.