|nb's favs from first half of 2019|
I Am Easy to Find
I'm new to this band so still trying to make sense of this record in the context of the band's larger discography. It's a pleasant listen and it might be more than that but can't tell just yet. Being patient with this one.
An album of two halves. The first half is good enough for me to still honour this with a spot.
Straightforward 80s worshipping synth pop. Nothing groundbreaking here, but if you dig this sort of sound, it's well executed here.
Brings enough rock to do its job and helps me stay awake during afternoon (or morning) study sessions.
|8||Mike Mains and The Branches|
When We Were In Love
A record that never quite hits the highs of either full-blown ear-worm pop or poignant indie but gets enough of the best of both worlds to make for a satisfying listen.
|7||The Dangerous Summer|
A strong first impression has somewhat been reduced on subsequent listens but still finding lots to enjoy here.
Only Things We Love
The larger exposure a Sowing review gave this resulted in very few happy first-time listeners. Oh well, I apparently have the very specific taste this sort of IDM/synth-pop appeals to.
American Football (LP3)
Initially dismissed this as pretty but dull. However, it's grown on me massively with subsequent listens. They make those long song lengths go by very quickly with beautiful arrangements and the kid of wistful, dad-angst lyricism that now appeals hard to this 30 year old.
|4||We Never Learned To Live|
The Sleepwalk Transmissions
Glad to find something to satisfy my hunger for good post-hardcore.
The album on this list I already knew I would probably love. It didn't disappoint.
For a few listens I was debating whether this was all sheen + atmosphere and no song-writing substance. But the more I digested the album, the more I became convinced of its emotional weight and excellent song craft.