Aimless Skylarking Favorite Songs of 2016, #11 to #20.
20. Ofelia K - Killing Me
Los Angeles based artist Ofelia K's arresting 'Killing Me' captivated with her downright angelic vocal performance.
19. Ali Holder - Declaration of Love
Austin area artist Ali Holder ended the year with four releases in as many months. Each release packed full of Americana and her unforgettable voice, but it was the sentiment and her vocal delivery in 'Declaration of Love' that continues to bubble to the top.
18. Big Deal - Idyllwild
Londoners Big Deal's 3rd album Say Yes proved to be their last. They wrapped up the album and their history as a band with the touching bittersweet epic 'Idyllwild'. Regret, longing, doubt, and love, it's all there.
17. Doe - Last Ditch
London indie punks Doe dropped one of the better albums of 2016, Some Things Last Longer Than You. The cornerstone of the band's debut affair was the infinitely catchy 'Last Ditch'.
16. Angel Olsen - Heart Shaped Face
On an album full of special moments, 'Heart Shaped Face' lingered longer. Angel at her bewitching best.
15. Feral Love - Like the Wind
Feral Love's 'Like the Wind' feels buoyant, hinting at optimism, and that's something we all need these days. It's a far cry from the band's darker melancholy days with their previous band. And after seeing them live in London this past May, I'm definitely going to need more. Please.
14. Heavy Heart - What Became of Laura R?
Londoners Heavy Heart's ambitious project of releasing a new song each month turned out several heavy hitting affairs touching on a variety of societal ills. But it was their take on bullying, exclusivity, and using that as motivation to transcend that hits the hardest.
13. Fazerdaze - Little Uneasy
New Zealander Amelia Murray aka Fazerdaze teased her debut album last year about this time with the dreamy shoegazing lead track, 'Little Uneasy'. Since then, she's been touring all over, UK, the States, and busy putting the finishing touches on the album that will be high on many wishlists.
12. Eliza Shaddad - Run
Do you know why Eliza Shaddad has the biggest of smiles in every social media photo of her? She's compensating for absolutely ripping your heart out with her devastating tales - 'When We' and 'Alright Again.' 'Run' is as devastating, a warning to her lover, "I must warn you, get as far away from me/I'm trying to warn you, get as far as you can be." Many of us don't heed a warning such as that, love makes us do strange things.
11. Lazy Day - Disappear
Lazy Day's timeless, unglamorous, and heartbreaking snapshots of fading relationships expertly articulates our all too common human struggles when it comes to our hearts. 'Disappear' is the first new music from the London quartet in about 18 months, yet it comes off without a hint of rust.