#25 – The Strokes – Comedown Machine
Other accolades: #41 on NME
#24 – The 1975 – The 1975
Other accolades: #34 on Amazon
#23 – Kiev – Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth
(Suspended Sunrise Recordings)
The Psychedelic-Jam band from SoCal that grooves behind the airy, but deliberate vocals of Robert Brinkerhoff. Even with five members, there is so much going on during the most chaotic of moments you’d expect these songs impossible to recreate live. But you’d be wrong. And what a treat it is to see these five members in sync, making their instruments sing amongst a sea of five keyboards (six if you count the keyboard bass). For their debut album, Kiev found a way to channel they’re unique sound into a jam packed, kaleidoscopic journey.
Sourcing only one track from their prior EPs (the moody and bombastic “Be Gone Dull Cage”), Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth is its own experience. The album lifts you up, then slows you down, it grooves and it jams, but it also serenades and comforts. It holds your hand, and for love, walks beside you through the fire. Whether it’s a break-up, a failure, or a comedy of errors, this catharsis enducing joyride will melt the confines of your routine.
After the opening pallet cleanser “Pulsing: Cough Focus,” “Ariah Being” showcases Kiev at full strength: a layered jam that flows and keeps you on your toes, cut with a soft but affecting voice that features as its own instrument. The saxophone takes center stage for a time, as does a brief guitar encounter, before all the elements and layers come back to life. The many talents and instruments in this band are selfless, never hogging the attention for too long, in favor of a diverse yet unified sound.
The expert pacing of the album begs for chronological listening, but the standouts “Falling Bough” and “Drag Bones” are ripe for playlist picking. No matter how you choose to consume, turn it up and invite the neighbors. -Stanton
#22 – Phosphorescent – Muchacho
Other accolades: #1 on Paste, #11 on MOJO, #24 on Consequence of Sound, #50 on Stereogum
#21 – Grouplove – Spreading Rumours