best albums of of 2016 so far

chairlift

Chairlift, Moth [Columbia]

–the band aptly describes its music as “25th-century folktronica.” there’s a creepiness and blandness to moths. when a moth flies at me, I’m not going to embrace it as I would a butterfly although they’re in the same family.  moths don’t glide and look beautiful but fly like they’re on an escalator. moving forward in place. that suits Chairlift. a bit muddled. definitely engaging.

Bat for Lashes, The Bride [Parlophone]

–even though this album only came out on July 1, the songs on this album= perfection. dark humor, dark melodies, gorgeous arrangements and provocative lyrics. one of my absolute favorite artists.

Julianna Barwick, Will [Dead Oceans]

–this album soothes and calms. I often listen to it while I’m at acupuncture. my review.

Daughter, Not to Disappear [4AD]

–in heavy rotation. haunting vocals, swirly moodiness and thoughtful lyrics.

James, Girl at the End of the World [BMG]

my review

Band of Horses, Why Are You OK [Interscope]

–this band makes me feel slightly warm and fuzzy.

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