Honestly, I’m pretty over lists at this point. They’re arbitrary and don’t really reflect anything but someone’s tastes, except here where they reflect the tastes of three individuals…because that’s how we roll. So, take this list with a grain of salt. These are the records we thought were the best, which mostly just means these are the ones we listened to on repeat throughout the year! Feel free to leave a comment on what you think we missed, or why we’re dumb; we love good comment trolls.
Also, because this list is really about crediting the art that made us happy, we wanted it to make you happy too, so we included purchasing links where we could. Read more
Sorry we took yesterday off, but it was a full day of training for us teachers, so I’ll be honest…I didn’t even look at the Internet because I was being trained on how to administer a test that I have to give today, so there’s no pressure there. Anyways, we covered some great tunes last week, so I reckoned we’d jump back in and share those out to get us started on Tuesday…that and the tunes are slowing down as we near the end of the year. Anyways, I’m still stuck on “Authenticity” as one of my favorite jams of the year (just jump in at 2:35 for starters), so be sure to spend some time with that one below.
The last month or so we’ve been really high upon Natalie Jane Hill‘s new work from her forthcoming Solely LP; it’s one of the more striking LPs to come out of Austin this year, which is saying a lot. On this one, somehow this seems more personal, almost like a secret she’s sharing with listeners. Her finger-strumming style creates this delicate feel, letting the power of her voice boom, giving her this sound that feels matured beyond many like-minded peers. Light strings provide some small subtleties that buoy the track, adding detail to the song’s empty crevices. Dear Life Records will release Solely on October 29th.
There’s something really enchanting about Natalie Jane Hill‘s music. Her fingerpicking style creates this delicate intimacy, and for me, brings me back to the days listening to my dad’s old folk records as a kid. The guitar sliding through the background also is the perfect arrangement move, adding depth and forcing the song to overflow with emotion. Then we get Hill’s voice, which to me, feels like she’s lived a thousand years; it has this rich depth that’s pretty striking and unavoidable, particularly when she stretches it to reach higher notes. Plus, I’m just now realizing the amazing recording was done by Jason Chronis (Voxtrot/Tele Novella), so Natalie gets all the Austin love on our end. Her new album Solely is out October 29th via Dear Life Records.
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you’re doing alright, physically and emotionally. We’re here to wrap up last week’s hits, or at least what we loved. This collection has a bunch of songs included from some albums that dropped on Friday, as well as new tunes from Gustaf, Dinner and the new collaboration from Living Hour + Peel Dream Magazine. Start your week off right by reviewing what we loved last week. Have a good day!
If you find that you missed Natalie Jane Hill’s debut Azalea, you have the immediate chance to remedy that, and you’ll want to once you hear the powerful opening single from her follow-up, Solely. Whether you’re drawn to her finger-plucking strum style, which adds a layer of intimacy you don’t always get, or you’re pulled in by that tractor-beam of a voice, you can’t deny that her work is pretty enchanting. Personally, I’ve always loved a faint little vocal warble, that slight imperfection, or so it seems; it delivers pure emotion, which is precisely what this genre provides at its finest. That little slide guitar nuance bending on the horizon didn’t hurt me either. Solely is out on October 29th via Dear Life Records.