Aimless Skylarking favorite songs of 2016, #21 to #30.
30. Jake Rollins - Figure it Out
Brighton/London label Memorials of Distinction's pulled off a coup when they snagged Boston area artist Jake Rollins for their star-studded compilation, Sentimental Journey. Jake's debut LP, Spend a few, Make a few, was and still is a huge favorite around the offices of Aimless Skylarking. He didn't change the recipe on 'Figure it Out', another classic. More more more!!!
29. The Molochs - No More Crying
LA based The Molochs have the vintage sound down pat. I swore I was listening to a dusty old slab of vinyl from my Mother's collection a few seconds in to their lead single, "No More Cryin'" from their upcoming long player. America's Velvet Glory is out in January.
28. Daughter - Fossa
Daughter's Not to Disappear continues to unveil secrets. With each listen, their brilliance shines brighter. 'Fossa' satisfies deepest of all on an album chock full of stunners.
27. Elise Davis - Pretty Girl
Nashville artist Elise Davis released her new LP, The Token, a few months back and I haven't been able to listen to the 14 track affair completely. One song keeps tripping me up, making me play it over and over again, 'Pretty Girl'. Wistful lyrics delivered by Elise's gorgeous vintage country voice is addictive.
26. Lera Lynn - Shapeshifter
Lera Lynn's album Resistor surprised me by being my favorite album of the year. The deeper cuts on the album sealed the deal, showing it wasn't just a hit single or two. Lead track 'Shapeshifter' kicked off the love affair.
25. Team Picture - Classic:M
Leeds based outfit describes themselves as one part post-punk, two parts fuzz made by a group of polite individuals. CLASSIC: M is full throttle fun from a band to watch for 2017.
24. Woof. - Ampullae of Lorenzini
Perennial Aimless Skylarking favorite WOOF. never ceases to amaze me with what he's doing in his living room. Mind boggling. His 2016 wasn't as prolific as 2015, but he raised the stakes with a few captivating perfect tracks, 'Ampullae of Lorenzini' lead the pack.
23. Impulsive Hearts - MDB
Chicago surf-pop trio put out one of our favorite albums this year on one of our favorite labels, Beautiful Strange Records. When revisting Sorry in the Summer, 'MDB' was always first to be played, and then, often replayed.
22. Mount Moriah - Precita
North Carolina alt-country trio Mount Moriah's third album How to Dance features some of Heather McEntire's finest songwriting, and of course her amazing voice. Angel Olsen pitches in backing vocals on 'Precita', but I loved it before I even knew that.
21. Curse of Lono - He Takes My Place
Londoners Curse of Lono's deeply introspective 'He Takes My Place' hits close to home for many, its sentiment and truth rings absolutely clear. The band's debut EP featured 4 cinematic videos for each track, stunning art if you ask me. But ultimately, it's the music that's the star, and 'He Takes My Place' is the headliner.