just a brief note here to acknowledge that i, like almost all music writers, really really hate coming up with top ten lists. they are the worst.
for creative loafing.
I don’t know about you, but I am about as sick as I can be of this “nostalgia music” thing. How many albums emulating ’80s pop do we really need? I say only one. And that one is Wild Nothing’sNocturne. I don’t care what style you’d call Jack Tatum’s music, but it seems like everything he comes up with sounds good. A little synthy, a little shoegazey, this record is full of earworm hooks and lyrics that are simple without being simplistic. Maybe it’s not ground-breaking, but I bet you’ll still be spinning this record this time next year. I know I will.
2- Beach House – Bloom
3- Kishi Bashi – 151a
4- Shovels & Rope – O’ Be Joyful
5- TEEN – In Limbo
6- David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
7- Ariel Pink – Mature Themes
8- Pearl & the Beard – Killing the Darlings
9- Kaki King – Glow
10- Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan