Well folks, this is it… my official last Charts & Adds post before I pass on the music director mantle. Despite everything wacky that has happened this year, I have so enjoyed writing these weekly posts — not-so-funny introductions and all. I hope they have brought some of you out there the same amount of joy. Without further ado, here is our final(s week) edition of C&A for spring 2020.
Top 5 Charts:
1.) Peach Pit – You and Your Friends
Peach Pit get emotional throughout the album with a sad-pop spin over bubblegum-surf rock melodies. Every song acts as an individual story with an individual world. Whether they’re detailing heartbreak, social distancing, or companionship, Peach Pit remain meticulous and descriptive.
2.) Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Few projects at the forefront of contemporary art truly push visceral sonic boundaries in the way that Yves Tumor does on Heaven To A Tortured Mind. Yves has steered the project into a whole new realm; piercing through contradiction, redefining expression through song, and catapulting the project into the next phase of illusion and evolution.
3.) Thundercat – It Is What It Is
One funky dude, Thundercat has created another deliriously groovy and hilarious odyssey of funk, R&B, jazz and hip hop, featuring Steve Lacy, Flying Lotus, Childish Gambino and more.
4.) Anna Burch – If You’re Dreaming
With recurring themes of isolation, weariness and longing, Anna Burch’s songs deliver an emotional arc with a delicate but uncompromising execution. Burch’s intrinsically catchy songwriting dials down the urgency of her debut a notch, taking a turn towards airy, jazz-voiced chords, floating reverb and an expansion of the sonic palate with unexpected instrumentation.
5.) Music Band – Celebration
The trust built between Music Band members Harry Kagan, Lee Putney, and Duncan Shea comes from a bond of friendship that feels rare among young rock and roll bands. They spent years self-booking, self-recording and self-promoting, creating an invaluable work ethic. And perhaps the most important factor is that je ne sais quoi: a mixture of sincerity and never taking themselves too seriously.
Top 30 Charts
You and Your Friends
Heaven to a Tortured Mind
It Is What It Is
If You’re Dreaming
Hurts to Laugh [EP]
Voice Box [EP]
Song for Our Daughter
My Friend [EP]
The Preserving Machine
Leave Me Be
Discontinue Normal Program
Lost in the Country
Fetch the Bolt Cutters
All in One
All for Nada
Once and Future Band
Top 3 Adds:
1.) STRFKR – Future Past Life
Recommended if you like: of Montreal, Neon Indian, Broken Bells, Phantogram
2.) Laser Background – Evergreen Legend
Recommended if you like: Ariel Pink, Part Time, Banny Grove, Locate S,1
3.) Nation of Language – Introduction, Presence
Recommended if you like: Video Age, Black Marble, Petrichor