50. John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood
49. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny
48. clipping. – CLPPNG
47. Coldplay – Ghost Stories
46. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End
45. Foxes in Fiction – Ontario Gothic
Foxes in Fiction’s Ontario Gothic is a swell of sound. Every song on the album is like a wave that starts small, expands, and then washes out. There is no crash as the music just spreads out thinly until the next track.
I don’t have a favorite song on this album because I can’t possibly only listen to one. There is something to be said about the ability to access music of this caliber and still be able to “name your price” on bandcamp. If you are a DIY musician this album should inspire you. Warren Hildebrand has taken his Foxes in Fiction project a great distance. The seven nestled within Ontario Gothic go fast, but I think this is a perfect length for the album. And if you can get your hands on any physical copies of the music released on his Orchid Tapes label you are a lucky one.
One word describes Hildebrand’s product: quality.
44. Dum Dum Girls – Too True
43. The New Pornographers – The Brill Bruisers
42. Tweens – Tweens
41. Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals
Wild Animals, Trampled by Turtles’ seventh studio album, just may be the most polished collection of songs yet from the five piece bluegrass group out of Duluth. With the help of producer Alan Spurhawk of Low, Trampled by Turtles released a well crafted album that contains a new exploration of sound, but still includes everything fans have come to love about the band.
The album is more gentle and down-tempo than the usual fast-paced sound we are used to hearing, but it still contains songs like “Come Back Home” and “Western World” that show off the whirlwind string skills the band is capable of. Similar to their last album, Stars and Satellites, Trampled included some eerie songs that perfectly capture the feeling of long Minnesota winters. With the cold months in full swing, you’ll be remiss not to add this one to your rotation.
The best way to fully experience a Trampled album is live. When they traveled down to the Riviera Theater in Chicago, they performed with Hurray for the Riff Raff in heat that approached the one hundred degree mark. Although pouring sweat and breaking strings left and right, the boys still powered through and continued to deliver with unbelievable energy. If you enjoy hearing some guys that can play the hell out of their instruments and keep fantastic harmonies, you won’t be disappointed spending your hard earned bucks on a pair of Trampled tickets. – Maclean