Conferrin’ with the flowers…
Anais Mitchell: Young Man in America
I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed this album when it came out earlier this year until I saw Mitchell perform live a couple weeks back. Her sound is a mix of Ani Difranco, Neko Case and Lucinda Williams, equal parts sweet and dark. Her songs follow in the mold, sometimes haunting, oftentimes producing chills, this is a good album to have at the ready as dark winter nights beckon. One of the best Americana/folk albums of 2012.
Here We Go Magic: A Different Ship
This is kind of a breakthrough album for a band that seems poised to break through, an album for folks who want to listen to a well-made album from start to finish. This is intelligent, dreamy indie pop that could be anything you want it to be. Floating melodies swap places with more tangible, twangy moments. It’s arty without being pretentious, danceable without being techno.
Radiation City: Cool Nightmare
Every song on this quick listen starts like a dream: hazy sounds from an old record player in another room. Then they grow and grow and along the way seem to gobble up the entirety of western music of the last 100 years with bits of folk, doo wop, dance, rock, pop and beyond sewn together in some highly listenable fever dream before inevitably fading back to nothing.