Patrick Lemons from Hippo Records and music expert Ben Wolf put together some hot picks for your new year.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul of a Woman
Released just short of a year to the date of Sharon Jones’ passing, Soul of a Woman is a strong addition to her short, late-in-life recording career. With a mix of soulful ballads and funky R&B numbers, the album shows Jones’ remarkable emotional range in a career cut short.
Recommended Track: Sail On! and Call on God
Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights
Following the strength from her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle, Turn Out the Lights continues to meditate on themes of self-doubt and self-worth. With lusher and deeper arrangements, Baker’s rawness is still vocally immediate as she viscerally shares her emotional states making it feel all so real.
Recommended track: Appointments or Happy to Be Here
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice
The best thing about these two collaborating is the ease of compromise between their styles With Vile’s zoned out country-rock and Barnett’s over-the-top observational lyrics, Lotta Sea Lice has much to enjoy during a lazy afternoon.
Recommended track: Over Everything or Peepin’ Tom