‘Tis the season for lists; here’s a foretaste of what’s to come.

Many thanks to Uncut for honoring The Weather Station‘s Loyalty as the #16 album of the year; see above for clipping:

“A Canadian guitarist/singer of great chops, on this third album, she surrounded herself with warm arrangements, the better to articulate chilly emotional truths.”

Uncut’s Editor-in-Chief and sage John Mulvey also selected it as his #3, along with James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg at #58 and Promised Land Sound at #95. Check out John’s excellent list here.

American Songwriter selected Promised Land Sound‘s For Use and Delight as their #39 album of the year:

“Nashville country-rockers Promised Land Sound released one of the the classics of the Music City Garage Revival with their 2013 self-titled debut. Their preternatural sense of South identity and Sunset Strip stomp made it a vicious little nugget of brazen boogie and beat. Stakes were high for the sophomore release and the dudes surpassed all expectations, turning in a richly psychedelic sound that oozes blood sweat and tears into the cosmos. Brothers Joey and Evan Scala and guitarist Sean Thompson are joined by avant-guitarist Steve Gunn plus members of Paperhead and Fly Golden Eagle to create a way-out, raved up journey through the rolling hills and winding roads of autumnal beauty. Promised Land Sound work from a palette of warm, earthy tones to create a record as fuzzy and bold as their debut but bolder, more ambitious.”

The venerable record shop/empire Rough Trade has chosen Nap Eyes’ “Dark Creedence” as one of their best songs of 2015, appearing on their annual Counter Culture 15 compilation CD.