Top Albums of 2017

Lists are arbitrary and burdensome, but why not join the fun everyone else is having? We gathered our lists, separate lists for all of us, then combined them into one that had 50 albums. What you get here are the four writers/contributors of ATH, giving you their meaningless opinions on what we thought was the jam in 2017. It’s alphabetical, and we put the initials next to it so you could track down your enemy!

 

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Twain Was Made for You

Twain has already garnered huge interest on the Interwebs due to their biggest fan, indie darlings Big Thief. It’s high time you get acquainted, as you’re likely hear a whole lot more. Looped drums work beneath twinkling guitar notes, but the dynamism in the vocals, will win your heart. Be it cowboy croon, folk yelp or earnest delivery, every vocal note turned captivates the listener. This is what music was meant to sound like; it’s emotionally sweeping, yet sincere and personal. Congrats to our friends at Keeled Scales who will be releasing Rare Feeling on October 20th!

Stunner From Big Thief

It’s no surprise that Brooklyn’s Big Thief keep rolling out the hits as they approach the release of their sophomore album. The group has been hard at work making a name for themselves and when they release singles like “Shark Smile,” you can’t help but fall for them. This track is as devastating as it is gorgeous–Adrianne Lenker’s smoky vocals and the dark lyrics pack a heavy one-two emotive punch. The song lingers in this simmering swirl of folk rock with piercing electric guitar that throws a little snarl in there. Take a listen below.

Capacitywill be out June 9 via Saddle Creek Records. Pre-order it here.

Show Preview: Kevin Morby @ The Sidewinder (6.29)

kmorbzTomorrow night is the show opportunity of the week– aka a chance for you to celebrate getting through the majority of the work week with rad tunes at a ridiculously low price. If you have any sense at all, you’ll get yourself to the Sidewinder early to catch the killer double bill of Big Thief and Kevin Morby. You’ll wanna get there fairly soon after the doors open at 6:30 to catch Brooklyn’s folk rockers, Big Thief, as the vocals of Adrienne Lenker are a sound to behold. But the best part is that you get to catch Kevin Morby, of Woods and The Babies, touring in support of his excellent recent release,Singing Saw, which was all parts bluesy-folk and excellence. Oh, and did I mention that tickets are only 10 dollars? Go buy one and get yourself to the Sidewinder on Wednesday night!

 

 

 

Brand New Big Thief

BT-by-Michael-BuishasI slipped a little on dropping the newest Big Thief a week back, so it’s great that there’s now another new track from the group to share with you, as we were really impressed by the group recently. One of my favorite things about the band, at least as it stands in this track, is the group’s ability to build the track in the listener’s ear. We start off gently, gradually adding in textural layers that resonate through your speakers; still, they build only to pull back, teasing us, yet ultimately leaving us with a great pop reward. Their new effort, Masterpiece, will be released by Saddle Creek on May 27th.

 

Big Thief Are (Gonna Be) Huge

12747536_1154935807850468_5823245791877167118_oI first had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Big Thief a few months back when they stopped into town and opened for Here We Go Magic. Instantly, their live act caught my attention– the striking and unique vocals of front lady,Adrianne Lenker creating a distinct impression from the start. I’m pleased to share with you a single from their upcoming album,Masterpiece, with you today. “Real Love” plays with the start/stop format of a track, and combines folk and rock aspects. My favorite aspect of the song is the way the vocals mirrorand play with the guitar parts, making the track come across as simultaneously soft and jagged. Take a listen and get ready for this band to be all the rage in internet land… and check them out at SXSW!

Masterpiece will be out May 27th via Saddle Creek Records.

Show Preview: Here We Go Magic @ the Sidewinder (11.17)

herewegomagicBefore the show season hits a halt and lets us settle into the Holiday season, we should all take advantage of the great traveling acts still coming to our fair city. One such act, who’ve always done well here, is Here We Go Magic; they come into town to play at The Sidewinder tomorrow night at 6:30 PM. The group comes into town supporting their latest release, Be Small, which has been well received far and wide. It focuses on the gentle building of pop structures within the confines of Luke Temple’s mind, always sounding elaborate and ornate simultaneously. Joining them will be Brooklyn’s Big Thief and local up-and-comers Cross Record; I promise you that Cross Record will be the band on everyone’s lips next year, if they aren’t already. Show is $12 HERE, with doors at 6:30 PM…so you can get home and get some sleep.