The Growlers: Hung at Hearts
Hailing from Southern California, the Growlers’ third album sounds like Roy Orbison on acid on a surfboard – the entire album seemingly put through a reverb meat grinder whole. I mean every little bit of this music echoes with thick reverb amongst other embellishments. The sound is unique and infectious and a lot of fun. My favorite track is definitely One Million Lovers, one of the best songs of the early year.
From the other coast comes Widowspeak who feature two diametrically opposed forces: the bewitching, ethereal voice of Molly Hamilton and the cosmic twang rock and roll guitar of Robert Earl Thomas. Combined they create a sound that is equal parts dreamy and fanged. Their sophomore release shows a band ready to take the next step after endless live performances.