Aimless Skylarking Favorite Songs of 2016, #6 to #10.
10. Future Elevators - Alabama Song
Birmingham, Alabama's Future Elevators check in with their breathtaking folky offering, 'Alabama Song.' Of this very personal song, lead singer Michael Shackelford says "This song means the most to me of any song on the album. It is about desperately holding on to a moment where everything is ok. The song is about the love I have for my daughter, as well as the struggles of living in the south or this day and age in general. The song is also about a person being your home instead of a place." Pure magic from my own backyard.
9. Lou E - What Do You Do it For?
Londoner Lou E teamed up with Beech Coma Records again with magical results. Last year's 'Just One Thing' on Beech Coma's 3rd compilation ended up in our favorite songs of the year list, and then earlier this year they teamed up for the 2nd release in Beech Coma's Singles Club series with 'What Do You Do it For?' Lou E's vintage sound is loose and carefree. Aimless Skylarking's Mom thought the song was at least from the 60's, and loved this masterpiece of a song to death.
8. Polica - Lately
Polica's bittersweet take on love stunned upon first listen, and continues to do so with each every time she proclaims "If it’s good it’s gonna stay/It’s gonna be my only way."
7. Dream Wife - Hey Heartbreaker
Brighton, England based Dream Wife pull off the violent collision of visual art, pop, and punk with relative ease. The band is on just about every "Band to Watch in 2017" list, deservedly so. Their 2016 was meteoric -- touring with Black Honey, multiple performances at The Great Escape, appearances at Iceland Airwaves, and they gigged just about everywhere in between. SXSW beckons in 2017 for the band with one of the most electric live shows out there. There isn't a bad track on their debut EP, but 'Hey Heartbreaker' is pure distilled Dream Wife.
6. Lera Lynn - Fade into Black
Nashville based Americana artist Lera Lynn's experimental sessions at Resistor Studio in Nashville produced 10 gorgeous tracks. She funded the work entirely by herself by using popular crowdfunding website, Pledge Music. Of the tracks on her 3rd album, 'Shapeshifter' and 'Drive' were rightfully the centerpieces of the work, but the deeper cuts reveal Lera at her wistful best when she sings "Don't leave me hangin' on your love/Don't leave me wishin' this was more/Like what I'd dreamed of/Don't leave me hangin' on your love/Don't leave me waitin' on your love."