Nathan’s Favorite Albums of 2020

It’s been a crazy year, and a depressing year, so perhaps we all retreated more into our record collections to seek out that fleeting joy. On my end, I spent a lot of time running/walking in the ‘burbs, so these are the records that played the most in my life…thus they are my Favorite Albums of 2020. The validity means little to anyone other than myself, but since you stop by, perhaps come by and check out my list!

And, just an FYI…there are 30 bands, and I linked back to Bandcamp pages so you can buy directly from the artists…except that one band because apparently they’re too cool…even though that album rips.

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Brand New EP from The Wind-Up Birds

windupbirdsLong ago I wrote about the Wind-Up Birds, and I’ve kept an eye out for new tunes from the group, and that day has finally come…they just released The Right, a new EP featuring 5 new tracks. I love that their sound goes back a few years to some of the heavy-hitting post-punk that was blasting out of Britain in the 00s, like Art Brut. There’s the same sort of spoken-word vocal delivery with distorted energy blasting through the rest of your speakers. It’s filled with energy and just the right amount of noise to keep it cool. Stream it below.

Ultimate Painting Bring The (Sanctioned) Blues

ultimate paintingAs Ultimate Painting prep to release Green Lanes on August 7th via Trouble In Mind, they’ve shared yet another solid single with us from that upcoming record. This time around, the duo have got a hooky little number with “(I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues,” which has sunny guitar riffs that patter through the whole track. Simultaneously, the vocals are bright and crisp as they sing about life under a conservative British government. Check out the tune below and enjoy the sun bleached psychedelia from these gentlemen.

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