Our favorite albums, EPs, singles and music releases of 2016!
Enjoy – Real Life Like Cold Ice
Wyatt Shears put out an impressive amount of music this year. First there was an album from Enjoy, Another Word For Joy, three singles from the Garden and this Real Life Like Cold Ice EP, a short three tracks that you can read our initial review of here.
Navy Gangs debut EP is this years best release from a new band. The four track self-titled EP is a rumination on teenagehood that carries the same ethos and sentiment as the Strokes’ “12:51.” Ordinary and mundane reflections on literal self love and party regret.
The Strokes – Future Present Past EP
Any music from the Strokes is bound to make it to year end roundups. The three song Future Present Past EP was short but sweet. The Strokes’ ubiquitous garage rock sound was there with added elements of noise rock that feels new from the Strokes. It also contains of one of the best opening lyrics of this year, (unchain me/ it’s not my midnight yet).
Angel Olsen – My Woman
My Woman feels like a testament to womanhood in the 21st century, making a statement without setting out to make a statement. Angel Olsen finds the ultimate expanse of her range while also breaking out of the sad-girl-with-a-guitar picture that has been superimposed on her for so many years. The soaring point of the album comes during “Woman” which starts with a slow whisper and climaxes in a moment of sonic heartbreak.
The 1975 – i like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
The 1975 are an embarrassing band to admit listening to. On some level their music is good but the sum of their parts is pretty cringeworthy and tough to swallow. It probably has something to do with their branding and subsequent fanbase. It doesn’t help that their first self titled album is impossible to listen to. Despite all this their sophomore album, the horribly titled “i like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” was one of the funnest records of the year. It’s poppier, and took itself less seriously than it’s predecessor. It’s also shamelessly inspired by 80’s synth which is actually a good look for the 1975.