I didn’t find 2016 to be a particularly great year for new music, Still, here are YouTube links to a few of my favorites… in no particular order.
Emotions and Math – Margaret Glasby
I was immediately captivated by the stripped-down, rock arrangement and mush-mouthed vocal on this cleverly constructed song. It refuses to let go of me.
Hideaway (the entire album) – Jacob Collier
It’s very rare to find a musician/composer as gifted as Jacob Collier. Sometimes his arrangements serve his abilities more than they do the song, but even then he dazzles.
Remember Us to Life (the entire album) – Regina Spektor
This is a quirky collection of songs, from somber to silly, and I like it.
Blood In The Cut – K. Flay
There is an insidious subversive gravity to this record that grabs hold and pulls hard.
Stick to Your Guns – Watsky (feat. Julia Nunes)
Makes you feel like you’ve broken into a broken life and know too much.
Alaska – Maggie Rogers
The story behind this song is almost as good as the song itself… almost. Look it up. BTW, I love the song and hate the video.
Fairy Tale in New York – Bob Schneider
It’s a cover of the Pogues song… half of it anyway. Some may miss the uptempo section… I didn’t.
So, that’s it. 2016 is gone. I can’t wait to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel what the next one has in store. Let’s meet back here in a year and do this again.
Happy New Year!