Here are my first impressions of the latest from Barenaked Ladies, Switchfoot, Lisa Hannigan & s t a r g a z e, The Han Solo Project, Yeasayer, Iron & Wine / Calexico, Thrice, and Billie Eilish.Continue reading
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Andrew Peterson, Chatham County Line, Kindo, The Colorist Orchestra & Lisa Hannigan, and Kimbra.
As always, I wanted to give a mention to the music I enjoyed this year that didn’t fit the traditional “album” format, or else that was released in 2016 and I didn’t catch up to it until this year. Either way, none of it’s eligible for my Top 20 list, but all of it is definitely worth checking out if anything I have to say here piques your interest.
It’s that time of year again where I run through the list of songs that inspired me, entertained me, or just plain got stuck in my head for amusing reasons, more than any other songs in the last 12 months. Most of these were released in 2017. Some came out in 2016 and I either didn’t hear them until this year or didn’t come to fully appreciate them in time for last year’s list. I’ve given brief explanations and YouTube links for the Top 30. For the rest… just check the reviews where they’re linked, if you’re curious.
And as always, many of these songs (limit one per artist) are collected in my 2017 in a Nutshell playlist over on Spotify.
Artist: Lisa Hannigan
Album: At Swim
In Brief: A mellow, soothing, and at times hauntingly beautiful collection of songs. Lisa’s hushed indie folk approach is subtle enough, and her lyrics are abstract enough, that her songs might not impress you right away, but they set the perfect mood for a rainy day spent curled up with a book or a late night de-stressing session.Continue reading
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Phantogram, Lisa Hannigan, Tom Hummer, Tim Be Told, The Flaming Lips, Colony House, and the Hidden Figures soundtrack.