Top Record for the Week of 3/24/15

It’s beginning to look like 2015 is going to be the year of great storytelling albums. With excellent output from incredible musical storytellers like Father John Misty, Larry McMurtry, and, hell, even Kendrick, the storytellers are really letting their stories be heard this year. And, as far as storytelling musicians go, I don’t know that there’s any I appreciate more than this week’s pick:

Courtney Barnett “Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit”

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Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett is just starting to make a name for herself. She burst onto the scene around the end of 2013 with a couple singles, “Avant Gardener”, and “History Eraser”, and then released a pair of EPs under the very Courtney Barnett title the Double EP: A Pair of Split Peas. This week, she’s returned with her debut LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit”. Barnett is a storytelling musician in the truest sense. She’s a musician, yes, but a lot of the time, she’s more talking than singing, but the singing voice doesn’t matter, because it’s the words that captivate you. She weaves cleverly, humorous little tales, usually about pretty random events, but her fun sense of humor and dry delivery just pulls you in, and before long, you’re even tapping your toes to the track, which always work pretty well with the words in front of them. The music itself draws some cues from grunge and early garage rock, complete with distorted guitars and simple beats. 2015 is the year of the storytellers, apparently, and Barnett wants you to know she’s pretty good at that.

Watch: Courtney Barnett “Pedestrian at Best”

Score: 8.8
Recommended Track(s): 
“Pedestrian at Best”, “Depreston”, “Dead Fox”, “Debbie Downer”

Other Top Releases for the Week of 3/24/15

Mini Mansions “the Great Pretenders”

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Score: 8.6
Recommended Track(s):
“Creeps”, “Any Emotions”, “Vertigo”, “Mirror Mountain”

Chastity Belt “Time to Go Home”

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Score: 8.3
Recommended Track(s):
“Drone”, “Why Try”, “Joke”

Action Bronson “Mr. Wonderful”

Score: 8.1
Recommended Track(s):
“Brand New Car”, “the Rising”, “Baby Blue (ft. Chance the Rapper)”

LoneLady “Hinterland”

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Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s):

the Go! Team “the Scene Between”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s):
“What’d You Say”, “Blowtorch”

Seasick Steve “Sonic Soul Surfer”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s):
“Dog Gonna Play”, “Summertime Boy”

Enjoy and Keep Exploring!


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