‘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.”
“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.”