It’s that silly time of year when we ascribe arbitrary rankings to the music created by our favorite artists. And, I’ve already seen a few lists from the likes of Paste or Rolling Stone (among others) that I find completely off the mark. Now, our ATH End of Year list will be a team effort, so here is a list of records I adored that probably won’t end up on too many other “Best of Lists,” though I think they should! Again, no particular order, just ten albums you should enjoy. …that you might have forgotten about.
Portland by way of Cincinnati artist Andy McFarlane has been writing, composing, and creating art for close to 20 years at this point in his life. Though rarely one to delve into the music world, Andy teamed up with pal Matt Drenik to release some stellar music under the name Far Lands. The two sat together in a home studio and produced an albums worth of new material featuring this new song “Lowlands”. This song, and the others on the under 30 minutes album, feature a very minimalist approach to pop songwriting. In particular, “Lowlands” tends to meander a bit with its pop tendencies while still holding the listener captive throughout. Keep it simple stupid if you will.
Far Lands will release Oh What an Honor/Oh What a Drag on October 13th.