2016 was an excellent year for music. I listened to a lot of Whirr but I also listened to the 6 records below almost constantly.
6. Emmy The Great – Second Love
I’ve been in love with Emmy The Great’s music since her early days where all she had to accompany her voice was a guitar. Seeing her go from album to album and finally end up with a beautifully layered record like Second Love is amazing. Listen to “Swimming Pool” and p.s. Tom Fleming from Wild Beasts is on it and it’s beautiful.
5. Can’t Swim – Death Deserves A Name
I have Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists to thank for the gem that is Can’t Swim’s EP. Death Deserves A Name is gritty in all the right places. Go listen to “Your Clothes” and then come back to me so we can talk about it. So excited about what these guys will do in 2017.
4. Touché Amoré – Stage Four
Stage Four is such a tragic and hopeful record all wrapped into one. I am lucky enough to not know the pain of losing a parent yet but I’m grateful frontman Jeremy Bolm shared it with us. The band’s effort is beautiful and a must listen.
3. Wild Beasts – Boy King
If you’ve read any of my pieces about the Wild Beasts then you don’t really have to read any of this. The band has spoiled fans with each and every record they’ve put out and then they go and make a record like Boy King and completely change the game. It’s excellent. I feel like they stopped giving a shit and just made the record that they wanted to and it totally paid off. I love all of their material but there’s a new attitude with this one I can appreciate. “2BU,” and “Tough Guy” are my current favorites.
2. Issues – Headspace
Honestly, I have always enjoyed Issues but I tended to listen to the band with a raised eyebrow. After Headspace there was none of that. This was the record I was waiting for from the guys. I have listened to this record on a daily basis since it was released. Co-frontmen Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn sound better than I have ever heard them. Do yourself a favor and check out “The Realest,” “Coma,” “Made to Last,” “Slow Me Down,” and yeah just listen to the whole thing. I’ll be here.
1. Balance and Composure – Light We Made
Balance and Composure has been a staple in my music library for years now. They totally blew my mind with Light We Made. Currently I am in love with “Afterparty,” “Is It So Much To Adore?,” and “Loam.” Every single track on this record is fire and my favorite changes daily. It’s got so many layers to it and it’s so diverse that I feel regardless of what music you’re into you can find something to like in it. Just a few years ago I saw this band play Los Globos, one of the smallest venues in Los Angeles with Touché Amoré. This year I saw the same guys headlining the huge Observatory North Park in San Diego. They deserve every bit of steam coming behind them. If you take a recommendation from my list, make it this one. Listen to Balance and Composure.