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."
Magana - Inches Apart
Brooklyn based artist Jeni Magana's debut EP Golden Tongue was released last week on Audio Antihero Records. The Bakersfield, California native got her musical start with classical music, and then at Berklee College in Boston she started writing her own music. On this first effort, 4 masterfully composed offerings, showing off her classical training. Slip in a voice soaked in heartbreak for a can't miss EP. Find 'Inches Apart' below.
Estrons - I'm Not Your Girl
Welsh indie rockers Estrons are back with a new EP, She's Here Now. The band has been a favorite since the earliest days of Aimless Skylarking when I first heard early tracks 'Insecure' and 'My Turn'. Their debut EP, Whoever She Was..., has been in constant rotation around the office here. They just have a knack for sweaty attitude laced bar room rockers, and the 1st single from the EP is no different. Rowdy rock and roll at its best, stream "I'm Not Your Girl" below.
Psychic Love - Dye Pack
Echo Park trio Psychic Love's debut LP, The Hive Mind is out this month. The band is the project of multi-media artist Laura Peters, and not the first time I'd heard her work. I first heard the band a few months back, really digging their track 'Ultralight' but ultimately being lost in the vortex known as the email inbox. Now, they're back with the 3rd track from the upcoming LP, and it's time to share. Find 'Dye Pack' below.
Living Body - Choose
Leeds based Living Body is the project of Chicago native Jeff T. Smith along with longtime collaborators Katie Harkin and Tom Evans. The band came together after a one-off performance in which the audience was treated to a entirely immersive experience built around a circular PA system and specifically developed software. The project grew when new members Alice Rowan and Sarah Statham (of Aimless Skylarking favorite band Esper Scout) joined the band's live act. Obviously, a must not miss live act. The band's debut LP is out December 2nd, stream 'Choose' below.
Amber Arcades - Which Will
At this year's Great Escape Festival, I saw three bands/artists twice. Sego, Julia Jacklin, and Amber Arcades. Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch-born musician Annelotte de Graaf, and has been touring the States and Europe consistently since I saw her and her band perform. I missed them when they passed through the South, an illness kept me away, but now I have new music from them to ease the pain. I usually don't share too many cover songs here, but Annelotte has made Nick Drake's haunted 'Which Will' her very own. It's stunning, find it below.
Rodes Rollins - Young & Thriving
Los Angeles/New York artist Rodes Rollins has shared her debut single, 'Young & Thriving.' And other than a name, Talia Taxman, I found very little about her. So, the music will have to do all the talking! On her first offering, it sounds as if she's vying for a spot on the Twin Peaks soundtrack. Delightful and curious, more please! Stream it below.
Dream Wife - FUU
When I saw Dream Wife last May in London at the Finsbury Pub, I was blown away by their exuberance. It was a fun gig. Now they are popping up everywhere, building a nice head of steam to finish off their wildly successful 2016. As the year comes to a close, they are making sure we all don't forget them with a reworking of an old song, 'F.U.U.' It's a coiled up snake, pissed off and angry, ready to attack. Give it a spin below.
Once again, the inbox is overflowing and I am terribly behind. It's Saturday and I have tickets to see Angel Olsen in Nashville tonight, so it will all have to wait until tomorrow. But before I go, I wanted to share these 8 videos from my inbox and from my YouTube History. Enjoy!
Dream Wife - Lolita
Nilüfer Yanya - Small Crimes
Liyv - Splintered Arms
Dark Willow - Road Rage
Future Elevators - Machine Maker
Bat For Lashes - Joe's Dream
Big Deal - Idyllwild
Fear of Men - Trauma
Once again, we're back with another round of videos for your Saturday night. Some new, some old, all great. Let us know what you liked. Enjoy!
Daughter - No Care
Yassassin - Social Politics
Black Honey - Spinning Wheel (Live)
Dream Wife - Believe
Mount Moriah - Precita
Meg Myers - Lemon Eyes