Top 10 for week ending in 12/4/21


10. Deerhoof – Actually, You Can (Joyful Noise)

This band consistently releases quality albums that are exactly what we have come to expect from this San Francisco 4-piece, but there is an underlying theme on this release as well. Deerhoof wants us to break free from the constraints set forth by our capitalist overlords and create a new world void of “traditional” societal norms.”

– Rory K.

9. They Might Be Giants – BOOK (Idlewild)

“…a collection of 15 quirky, fun-filled rock tracks… sure to satisfy faithful TMBG fans… These guys are incapable of writing bad music.”

– Michael C.

8. Oberhofer – Smothered (Telefono)

Despite [the album’s] less than 30-minute runtime, Oberhofer manages to showcase a handful of catchy and danceable indie pop tracks engulfed in lush and dreamy synths… It’s not the most original sounding record, but what it lacks in originality it makes up for in being an intoxicatingly fun time that does not overstay its welcome… All in all, just some pleasant tunes to listen to with the pals.”

– Andy B.

7. Parquet Courts – Sympathy For Life (Rough Trade)

“Parquet Courts are honing in on their old ways… This album reverts back to the good ol’ Light Up Gold days but finds a happy medium by including some groovy psych and 80’s synth layered delightfully on top of their classic tongue-in-cheek post-punk wackiness.”

– Tawny H.

6. Sufjan Stevens and Angelo de Augustine – A Beginner’s Mind (Asthmatic Kitty)

“…nothing but excellent songwriting, beautiful indie-folk instrumentation, and angelic vocals. Stevens and Augustine have incredible chemistry on this album, from their gorgeous vocal harmonies to their superb playing throughout. To put it plainly: this album is great… you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not giving this thing a listen.”

– Andy B.

5. The War On Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore (Atlantic)

It’s got swirling guitars, keyboards, Adam’s unmistakable voice and impeccable production. If you enjoyed their previous two releases, then you will not be disappointed with this follow-up. This album further reinforces TWOD’s place as kings of emotional classic/indie rock.”

– Rory K.

4. Charlotte Cornfield – Highs in the Minuses (Polyvinyl/Double Double Whammy)

“Folk-rocker Charlotte Cornfield makes beautiful music… On Highs in the Minuses… she processes her post-pandemic trauma through an album designed to capture the energy and soul of a live performance… the sound of an artist who has clearly honed her skills throughout her three previous albums and is ready for a promising career.”

– Michael C.

3. Mild High Club – Going Going Gone (Stones Throw)

“The best way to describe the new Mild High Club album, Going Going Gone is a chaotic good evolution from anything they’ve ever released before. They’ve drawn a clear line in the sand from their psychedelic pop past, and after their five year long pause, they’ve completely embraced the funk revolution… This entire album gives the feeling of a jam session with a friend going, going, gone right; there is no way to predict the next chord or the direction of the song whatsoever… this evolved sound will feel like a plunge into ice water, but once you get beyond the initial shock factor, the strong jazz influence on the instrumentals are incredibly impressive whilst maintaining the surreal feeling like you’re dreaming that is so prevalent in Timelines and Skiptracing.”

– Annabel O.

2. Low – HEY WHAT (Sub Pop)

“[HEY WHAT] strikes a delicate balance between their previous record, Double Negative, and their more traditional “rock” albums like I Could Live In Hope. The use of distortion over the electronic production really complements their vocals and maintains the tone of the record.”

– Casey C.

1. Snail Mail – Valentine (Matador)

Accompanied by strings and synths, Lindsay Jordan expands her sound all while singing about a whole lot of heartache and drinking… earnest and sincere songs that are sure to appeal to fans and newcomers alike.”

– Rory K.