Best of 2016: 90-81

-90: Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing

A wordy, lackadasical romp. Frequently bubbly, always light.

-89: Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow

These guys have a big bold sound that I don't usually listen to- kind of reminiscent of U2. Explosive at times, but in a very pop-focused way. When it shines, it shines.

-88: Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion

One of the more in-your-face psych records I listened to this year. Not necessarily always heavier, just more songs tend to come to a noisy fever pitch. 

-87: Slow Club - One Day All of This Won't Matter Anymore

None of these songs totally blew me away but the production and instrumentation out of Spacebomb Studios is, as always, impeccable.

-86: Badbadnotgood - IV

I wish these guys did more hip-hop collaborations. Their jazz isn't always my type of jazz, but it's a groovy modern thing that makes for good background music when it doesn't get to feverish. Like the Colin Stetson and Sam Herring collabos. 

-85: John K Samson - Winter Wheat

I always had an affinity for The Weakerthans and its nice to hear more from John Samson even if his brand of literate sad-bastard doesn't always work for me as an adult like it did in my early 20's. 

-84: River Whyless - We All The Light

Definitely falling on the poppier side of the NC indie folk scene, these guys come up with some interesting melodies and this is overall a positive listen.

-83: Mitski - Puberty 2

You get all of the drama you expect from a title like "Puberty 2", but there's certainly more than just drama going on behind the scenes. An interesting listen.

-82: Andy Shauf - The Party

A concept album about strangers at a party with kind of a light elevator music vibe. Unique in it's particular brand of stillness. 

-81: James Blake - The Colour In Anything

I'll admit James Blake is not quite my flavour (british spelling for emphasis) most of the time, but he strikes gold a few times on this album and there's a time and a place for everything, right?