Top Record for the Week of 1/27/15

Half of my top 20 picks for the month were among this week’s releases, partly because there were a lot of releases, and some of the early weeks every year are a little light on releases, but there’s a few pretty solid ones this week, starting with….
This week’s record of the week……

Natalie Prass “Natalie Prass”


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Prass, a former attendee of Berklee School of Music and backing vocalist for Jenny Lewis, paired up with former high school classmate Matthew E White (arranger) and Trey Pollard (producer) to produce this lovely record. Prass isn’t the strongest vocalist, but her soft and emotional voice recalls Dolly Parton or Dusty Springfield and layers spectacularly over the Spacebomb backing band of strings and horns, arranged by White. Below, enjoy “Violently”.
Score: 8.4
Recommended Track(s):
“My Baby Don’t Understand Me”, “Violently”


Natalie Prass “Violently”

Other Recommended Records

Jake Fussell “Jake Xerxes Fussell”

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Score: 8.1
Recommended Track(s): “Raggy Levy”

PinkShinyUltraBlast “Everything Else Matters”

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Score: 8.0
Recommended Track(s):
“Umi”, “Land’s End”

Punch Brothers “the Phosphorescent Blues”

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Score: 8.0
Recommended Track(s):
“I Blew It Off”, “Magnet”

Dengue Fever “the Deepest Lake”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s):
“Tokay”, “Rom Say Sok”

Twerps “Range Anxiety”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s):
“I Don’t Mind”, “New Moves”

Dodos “Individ”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s):
“Competition”, “Bastard”

Zun Zun Egui “Shackles Gift”

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Score: 7.4
Recommended Track(s):
“Ruby”, “I Want You to Know”

Enjoy and have a great weekend.

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