The carpenter builds his hidden fortress, silent and sure, a lemon tree falling in the woods. In the resting hours, he retreats to where the river of music still flows, supplying its colorless drink.
8. Lissie – My Wild West
The Midwest is fertile with wholesome treats.
7. Wet – Don’t You
Subtle, easy to sip.
6. Nothing But Thieves – Nothing but Thieves *
It’s been a long time since I could say I found a new favorite band. Tremendous power flows all over their debut, including this transcendent ballad:
*Released in 2015 in the UK, 2016 in the states.
5. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
They do quality work.
4. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
He transmogrified country music into magic, which is a feat of immeasurable merit.
3. NF – Therapy Session
Pure and unfiltered, Nate Feuerstein writes what he feels and delivers it mercilessly. This was a quick follow-up to last year’s Mansion, but TS took all of the best parts and improved them.
2. Anderson Paak – Malibu
A righteous soul and seems to be one you would be justified in appreciating.
1. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
A lukewarm waterfall of minimal impact that liquefies the very soul.
Best of 2016 Playlist
The river still flows: